There are about 200 types of magnolia. The original species predates the evolution of bees and it is thought that the magnolia’s distinctive large and robust flower had evolved so as to attract, and be fertilised by, beetles.
The magnolia stellata originates from northern Japan. It is a small tree, usually less than 2.5m in height. It bears star-shaped flowers in early spring which appear in advance of its leaves.
Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the sky, and those who lead many to righteousness, like the stars for ever and ever. Daniel 12.3
A thing of beauty is a joy forever: its loveliness increases; it will never pass into nothingness. John Keats, Endymion, Book 1