After we picked up everything that had fallen over in the nursery from the terrible wind storm we had yesterday, we noticed that the 'Royal Star' Magnolias had begun to bloom despite (and in spite :) of the storm. Just beautiful!
The 'Royal Star' Magnolia grows 10-15 ft. wide and 10-12 feet tall and is a zone 5. They take full to part sun, and do very well in our area! I think I should have one of these someday!