In the United States, the Magnolia tree symbolizes luck and stability. It’s a staple in Southern gardens and delights people with its flowers in the early to mid-spring. In the east, the white blooms of the magnolia represent nobility and purity, while many of its parts are used in traditional folk medicine. It’s also associated with yin, or female energy, so it’s often given to honor a strong woman. The meaning of the magnolia flower also changes slightly according to the colors:
- White: Purity, luck, stability
- Pink: Joy, youth, and innocence
- Purple & Green: Well wishes for health and good luck
Since magnolia flowers are quite delicate and don’t stay in bloom for long, it can be difficult to find an arrangement with the flowers in season. However, this doesn’t stop you from getting locally sourced flowers between March and April in temperate climates.
And thankfully, there are both evergreen and deciduous magnolia trees, which means quite a few species keep their leaves all year. Magnolia leaves can also be preserved to last for years in dried and fresh arrangements. The waxy, dark green top and matte golden reverse side make these leaves an instantly delightful addition of color. By including a few sprigs of preserved magnolia leaves into a bouquet, you can communicate the same meanings of the magnolia tree with ease.