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Every spring these trees show large pink blossoms. This particular one is in front of an auberge across from the Lucien L’Allier metro entrance. Bronwyn, or anyone, can you tell me what they are?



  1. I think these are magnolia flowers, it’s one of the only tree for which the flowers blossom before any leaves appear. They tend to stay relatively small in sizes in Quebec’s climate, but in Europe, they can grow as large as oak trees.

  2. I’m no expert but I think they’re cherry blossoms. I’ve seen pictures of the Washington DC Cherry Blossom Festival and the trees all have the same distinctive pink look.

  3. They’re magnolias (Magnolia x soulangeana, the x meaning it’s a hybrid). Beautiful, aren’t they? You can see several different species/hybrids at the Botanical Gardens.

  4. They’re magnolias. They come in both pink and white varieties here in the city.

  5. Ce sont des Magnolias. Magnifiques mais fragiles pour notre climat :-)

  6. Magnolias…bloom for about a month.

  7. Je passe par la 2 fois par jour et je vous confirme ce matin que c est deja termine pour cette annee….

  8. I gather they’re magnolias… Thanks y’all, enjoy them!


  9. Spotted: Magnolias on Prince-Arthur Street between Durocher & Hutchison.

  10. in oregon we call them tulip trees. i’m not sure why, maybe since they are so different from their other magnolia cousins…? but they are similar in a lot of respects too.

  11. HEY…I think their Magnolias…Could be wrong though…

  12. I’ll go out on a limb here and venture that they are magnolias.

  13. Fantastic, aren’t they. Anne, it’s curious re: the name tulip tree in Oregan. There is a tulip tree that’s in the same family as the magnolia but not the same genus: Liriodendron tulipifera is the name in Latin. It’s native to the Appalachians and southwestern Ontario but growns here too. The only one I’ve seen in Montreal is on the McGill campus in the Three Bares (as in bare-bummed Adonis’) Garden, on the southern rim of the dell beside the Redpath Museum). Roughly 65 years old, it’s easily recognized by the tulip-shaped leaf and — in a month’s time — its fantastic orange and green flower that also resembles a tulip.

    In the States, this tree is also known as Yellow poplar though it has nothing to do with the poplar family. Tulip tree, however, is one of those tree names that means different things in different parts of the world. There’s an African tulip tree, for instance, and a Brazilian tulip wood. More on the magnolia and other flowering trees in tomorrow’s column.

  14. McGill’s liriodendron was planted by the graduating class of 1949. There should also be at least two in the Jardin Botanique. And near the north end of the city, there may be a specimen on Rue Meunier near Fleury.

    In St-Lambert, two specimens were planted in front of 379 Ave. Sanford (near Blvd. Desaulniers) in 1952.

    Success with this species is also reported in Ste-Hyacinthe and Granby, but Senneville is home to the best specimen I saw in Quebec. An image of this tree is at,_Quebec (it should be visible from the north side of Chemin Senneville, not far from the junction with Blvd. Gouin and Chemin de Anse A L’Orme).

  15. It’s a magnolia magnolia soulangeana.

  16. I have a magnolia salicifolia wada’s memory, over 30 foot high, in front of my house, probably one of the biggest in Canada, very rare tree, if you want to check it out, I live at 22 Place Berlioz in Candiac Qc, it flowers at the end April or early May usually.

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