The laurel-leaved garden magnolia expressed dignity to the Victorians. The wild, swamp-dwelling magnolia suggested perseverance. These ancient trees were first loved by the Chinese and cultivated for their beauty and became an emblem of gentleness and feminine beauty. So were the characteristics of a dear friend who once gave me this lovely tree. She's gone now, but I think of her daily as I walk by my little gem magnolia. Growing strong and tall they cast their fragrance about and show off their fire engine red seed pods in the fall. Try one... they are worth it!