Amongst the earliest flowering plants to develop on Earth, Magnolia have their origins dating back as long ago as 120 million years. Their blooms will be pollenated by wingless beetles – not bees, as they will have no nectar, but they will have scent. Magnolias can also be be evergreen or deciduous.
And should you have the pleasure to enjoy their distant relatives flourishing this Spring, such as the mighty oak, this youngster only just began evolving 85 million years ago. Those gaps inbetween the trees? Once covered with oak forest – until we cut it all down….
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