It looks to me that there are two magnolias in front of the White House.

What kind of magnolias are they?

enter image description here

The picture is actually a detail taken from Donald Trump's twitter account today's background image.

  • 1
    They might as well be Chinese Magnolias. I wonder if Trump paid tariffs for importing them ;-)
    – benn
    Apr 17, 2018 at 20:24

2 Answers 2


Most likely Magnolia soulangeana https://www.gardeningexpress.co.uk/s10622-magnolia-soulangeana-tulip-tree, but if it is, the flowers will eventually open out into saucer shapes. The other possibility is M. liliflora https://www.thespruce.com/growing-the-magnolia-iliflora-3269224 but this is less likely - it doesn't get as large as M. soulangeana.


Betty Magnolia

White House's History Magnolias

The Betty is my guess and it is a guess! Can't see the petal tips. And they just took one down last year I guess planted by Andrew Jackson and that one was Magnolia grandiflora which is white and evergreen. This will give you some ideas at least.

5 great magnolias to consider

  • What does 'the Betty' mean?
    – Bamboo
    Apr 16, 2018 at 21:46
  • The scientific nomenclature is; Magnolia X Betty. Seriously. The sites about magnolia were very...vague.
    – stormy
    Apr 16, 2018 at 22:50
  • I like soulangeana very much...like you said the other are large shrubs. Thought I had addressed that one then got off into Magnolias of the White House histories...good grief! You would think we could get a plan of all the plants around that oh so important building!
    – stormy
    Apr 16, 2018 at 22:57
  • So many newer varieties of Magnolia - but most of them don't get very big, maybe 10 feet or so. I'd have thought the one at the White House would be pretty old, so probably not a newer variety - can't tell the size from the pic in the question
    – Bamboo
    Apr 16, 2018 at 23:11
  • The one that Andrew Jackson planted for his wife who died right after he got the office...was grandiflora. Couple hundred years old? They said they were removing a large part of it...whatever...these must be in the front of White House? Did you see the sheep? Makes me so nostalgic. Simpler times.
    – stormy
    Apr 17, 2018 at 0:21

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.