Magnolia trees are an ancient race, evolving mostly in the Northern hemisphere, predominantly in the USA and in China and were unknown in Europe until the 17th century. Species of Magnolia found in fossils have been dated back to at least 20 million years of age. There are two kinds of Magnolia that are important to the floral professional. Primarily, the Magnolia grandiflora, a native of the Deep South, with wonderful large glossy green leaves and rich, brown matte undersides that are like brushed suede. Secondly, the wonderful flowers of Magnolia soulangiana, whose origins are in China, which bloom on branches in early spring before the foliage develops. They have wonderful tulip-shaped blooms in a spectrum of pinks and whites, and bearing a wonderful fragrance.