The southern magnolia tree is beautiful any time of year, but the first time you see one in full bloom you’ll be sure to be awe-struck. These warm climate trees produce large white flowers and flaming red seeds on large pods. Their shiny and waxy leaves finish the look for one glorious showing. This hand-colorized, color plate of a flowering magnolia is over 250 years old and is clearly in the public domain. It was included in the 1754 book The Natural History of Carolina, Florida and the Bahama Islands and created by Mark Catesby (1683 – 1749).
This image is copyright free and in the public domain anywhere that extends copyrights 70 years after death or at least 120 years after publication when the original illustrator is unknown.