Magnificent Magnolias

Experience one of the most significant conservation collection of Magnolias in the United States in bloom mid-January through March. 

Admire the sights and scents on the branches of more than 200 elegant trees, as velvety silver buds and saucer-sized pink, white, and magenta flowers make an appearance in this always spectacular annual bloom at the Garden.

Bloom Update

🌸🚨‼️ Last Chance to See Magnificent Magnolias ‼️🚨🌸

Now through March

Magnificent Magnolia season is past peak bloom, but our late bloomers are ready for the spotlight! Each wave of the bloom is beautiful in its own way with unique, stunning trees coming into flower. These final weeks of magnolia season also coincide with the continuing shift to spring with lush, vibrant foliage and many other spring flowers everywhere you look. It’s never a bad time to visit as every season has its distinct appeal but there is nothing like spring in the Garden. See you out there!

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Discover all of our magnolias using our Magnolia Map:


Mapa de Magnolia

Mapa ng Magnolia

Endemic to Asia and the New World, Magnolias are ancient flowering trees that have endeared themselves to humans for millennia. Here in mild San Francisco, we cultivate species from across most of their range, from the monsoon-influenced, temperate forests of the Himalayas to the cloud forests of Mesoamerica.

In the winter of 1940, horticultural history was made at the newly-opened San Francisco Botanical Garden when its exotic cup and saucer magnolia (Magnolia campbellii) became the first of its kind to bloom in the United States. Huge crowds of excited and curious visitors stood in long lines to see the stunning, large, pink blossoms of this famous Magnolia that still stands in the Garden today.

That was just the beginning. The Garden is now home to more than 200 Magnolias— many rare and historic. The Garden’s current collection includes 63 species and 49 cultivars.