These trees are even commoner, now, worldwide than pheasants, though I suppose they were first developed in Japan, as their name suggests. Here, in a semi-tropical climate, they blossom in February (even earlier, if I recall correctly, in Berkeley, CA, on the university campus). They are in bud until, suddenly, 48 hours of temperatures in the 60s Fahrenheit brings them out. Then, if there is a bit of wind and rain, they fall, and the tree (which does not have regular magnolia leaves) becomes commonplace again for the rest of the year. I'm not much of a gardener, but I enjoy what came with the house. I hope you all will pardon such trivial posts while I try to work on an Opera Nobilia one, on coins issued by Ovinius Tertullus.