March - The eternal spring question goes
something like this:
My fragrant pink-flowered Magnolia started blooming early this year
and then it got real cold, will it be OK?
Saucer Magnolia (Magnolia soulangiana) trees always seem to bloom earlier than they
should, but this year (2016) they bloomed super early, with these photos
actually taken on St. Patrick’s Day.
Go figure, we just had the warmest February in recorded weather
St. Patrick's Day
Freezing temperatures arrived a few days later to
damage all the open blossoms, but
there is still hope for the blossoms which hadn't unfurled and were still in the bud.
To answer the original question, this sort of frost or freeze damage to the blossoms
does not hurt the tree, only its spring flower show. Some of the brown blossoms will
often persist for a couple weeks.
in the bud still have a chance to bloom, and some Magnolias even put
out random blossoms during the early summer months, so all is not