Magnolias belong to a large group of trees and shrubs that are native to eastern Asia and parts of North America. Although sometimes harvested for timber, magnolias are usually grown for their distinctive flowers and fruit.
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Magnolias have been cultivated for centuries. Magnolia denudata, known as the "Jade Orchid," has been grown in China since the seventh century.
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