The Magnolia tree is a magnificent tall tree with bright shiny leaves and large blossoms with the most amazing of all fragrances.
Native to South Eastern USA, this tree can grow upto 30 meters or 90 feet.
Him Champa ( Hindi), Magnolia ( English) ,Oothambal ( Manipuri) . Magnolia grandiflora ( Scientific name) .
This gorgeous Evergreen tree was spotted in Brentwood Sanctuary in Mussoorie in the Himalayas. A gorgeous place , the swimming pool was fed by cool mountain springs.
The name“Oothambal” from the Northwestern Indian state of Manipur when translated means LOTUS ON THE TREE.
It is truly a wonderful and apt name to the sweet fragrant flowers of the Magnolias.
What you see in the picture is not the blossom.
The species “grandiflora” gives due recognition to the large blossoms of the Magnolia.
The Hindi name is also descriptive as it calls it Him Champa, the Champa of the Mountains ( Him) . Champa is a Frangipani native to India and also called Temple Flower.
There is also a species of Magnolia native to the Indian Subcontinent called Magnolia Champaca. The fragrance of this flower is simply enchanting . Do seek it out whenever you travel to this part of the world.
Unfortunately the tree had no flowers blooming so cannot share pictures of the gorgeous blossoms.
I had assumed at the time I took these pictures that these large cone like structures adorning the tree in hundreds were buds.
However was proved wrong as I realized these are the fruits and will soon bear lovely red seeds. I had to change to captions as well .
The featured image has the the first Rays of the Morning Sun light up the gorgeous pink fruit of THE TREE LOTUS.