If you have spent any time in the American southeast, hopefully, you were visiting when the magnolia trees were in bloom. The dramatic white flowers can easily grow as large as a dinner plate. Surrounded by thick waxy leaves, the flowers are even more stunning. After the blooms fade, the seed pods form which are equally as dramatic and beautiful with their scarlet berries.
I’m not entirely sure why the artist has included the yellowing leaf as magnolias are evergreen and the leaves stay a pretty green even when it snows.
This magnolia print puts a stronger emphasis on the structure of the branch and how the flowers and leaves grow than most prints of this symbol of the south. It is the work of the 18th century German artist Georg Dionys Ehret (1708-1770). There’s a larger size of this print available by clicking on the image itself.
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.