Magnolia Flowers

  • Posted by Sheri on December 11, 2023 at 7:19 am

    I am reading about herbs that “Warms & Releases the Exterior” and it mentions magnolia flowers. Is there a specific species of magnolia or is it generally just magnolia?

    Sheri replied 5 months, 1 week ago 3 Members · 6 Replies
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  • Sallie

    December 13, 2023 at 12:46 pm

    Hi Sheri! If you are referring to xinyihua on page 13-19, it is specifically the bud of the unopened flower. the species named is magnolia liliflora. But in lesson 25, magnolia bark huopo is from magnolia officinalis. Because of that I could assume that both species may be interchangeable. But Thomas may have more insight.

  • Thomas

    December 29, 2023 at 7:35 pm

    Dear Sheri,

    I apologize for the delayed response.

    Excellent question. Sallie answered partially correct, which is to say that Magnolia liliflora is used as xinyihua, the flower buds of that species of magnolia. However, several other species are used and officially (in the Pharmacopoeia of the PRC) only M. biondii, M. denudata, and M. sprengeri are to be used.

    The flowers of M. officinalis, the species that houpo is derived from, are not used as this medicine, and are, in fact, quite different, more like our native magnolia species.

    M. denudata, known colloquially as yulan 玉蘭 in Mandarin, is a fairly common cultivated tree in North America. I believe, but I’m not sure, that M. biondii is also found, but less common.

    I’m actually looking for a place to purchase M. denudata trees. This tree is not only medicinal but very beautiful and one of my wife’s favorite trees. If anyone knows of a good place to but a few trees, I’d be most grateful to receive that information. 🙂

    I hope this helps,

    • Sheri

      December 31, 2023 at 4:21 pm

      Hi Thomas,

      Happy New Year! It looks like Brandywine Trees in PA sells them ( They will ship too.

      I have to figure out what species of Magnolia I have growing. It is 93 years old and stunning in the spring.

      • Thomas

        January 1, 2024 at 1:02 pm

        Thanks Sheri!!!

        They have it but jeez, it ain’t cheap!!! $179/tree? Yikes

        • Sheri

          January 1, 2024 at 9:22 pm

          Yeah. Trees are expensive. I paid $120 this year for my Jujube. It better earn its keep this year! 🤨🤣

  • Sallie

    December 31, 2023 at 2:33 pm

    Thank You Thomas!

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