|'Baldwin' carries larger than typical flowers and is, in general, a lustrous and glossy variety.This evergreen tree has a broadly conical growth habit. Leaves are dark green, leathery, glossy, broadly ovate, to 8 in. long with rust, hairy undersides. Large fragrant flowers are cup-shaped and creamy white with 9-10 petals up to 10 in. across. For an overall, better-shaped plant, with longer bloom time and nicer foliage select a named cultivar such as: 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' - probably one of the best selections, compact form, dark green leaves with rusty brown undersides, should mature around 30feet, 'Edith Bogue' - narrow leaves, tight, pyramidal form, very cold hardy, 'Glen St. Mary' - flowers at a relatively young age, bushy, pyramidal form, matures at around 20 feet tall and wide, 'Goliath' - extremly large, nice flowers, fairly compact, leaves blunt at the tip, 'Little Gem' - the smallest of the magnolias, but don't think this one is a miniature either. Leaves are noticably smaller, flowers early, often used as an espalier or limbed up for smaller gardens. Flowers when very young,'Victoria' hardiest of all, selected in Vancouver, B. C., used primarily in the Pacific Northwest.