This hybrid tree was created in 1820 by Etienne Soulange-Bodin, a former calvary officer in Napoleon's army. It's a cousin of the Southern Magnolia and is nicknamed the "tulip tree."
The flowers can reach up to 8" in diameter, but it's not a huge tree. It averages about 25 feet tall with a 25 foot spread.
It likes moist, acidic soil, which is why it's so happy in the clay-like soil of Nyack.
Do you have a favorite blooming tree?