Canada post issued a set of two stamps depicting "Yellow Bird" and "Eskimo" varieties of magnolia.
Named after French botanist Pierre Magnol, the Magnolia genus comprises more than 200 flowering plant species in the subfamily Magnolioideae, part of the Magnoliaceae family. What’s truly fascinating about the magnolia is that it may be one of the oldest flowering plants on earth. Magnolia fossils believed to date back more than 20 million years have been found, and there is evidence that some plants of the Magnoliaceae family may have existed up to 95 million years ago.
Bright and saucy "Yellow Bird", so called for its sunny yellow colour, blooms in May, making it ideal for briefer Canadian summers. Closed, it’s reminiscent of a tulip waiting to bloom. "Eskimo", with its large cup flowers in white with a hint of lavender, is so hardy it can survive a mild frost.