I have always loved the pink Magnolia trees you see around Ontario but was disappointed at how quickly the leaves fall. When we left Tiverton to meet up with our friends, Judy & John in Ingersoll Ontario, I saw this magnificent tree on their lawn. Turns out it is called the Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) and was covered in white blossoms; it is also a native of Japan. It blooms in early spring before its leaves are open, much like the forsythia tree, and is approximately 12-15 feet in height. I would say it definitely has great growing conditions, in full sunlight, judging by the massive number of blossoms and buds on it.
What a great way to herald Spring after all the cold and snow!