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SF’s Very First Magnolias of 2023 Are Blooming

SF Botanical Garden’s gorgeous magnolias’ peak bloom is expected to start in February
By - posted 1/21/2023 No Comment

Thanks to San Francisco Botanical Garden for sharing the news that the first of their beautiful magnolias are blooming.

One of San Francisco’s most breathtaking natural marvels, the annual bloom of more than 200 rare and historic magnolias with trees reaching 80 feet, is typically at its peak from mid-January through March at the SF Botanical Garden.

Velvety silver buds on the often bare branches of these elegant trees, many rare and historic, open into dazzling pink, magenta, and white flowers, filling the wintery garden with dramatic splashes of color and sweetly fragrant scents.

2023 Magnolia Update

Current Status (as of 1/25/23): Magnolia bloom continues to proceed with more and more flowers on the Magnolia campbellii trees near the Great Meadow, and in the Camellia and Rhododendron Gardens. 🌸 The first flowers are out on a few of the other highlighted trees including the beloved Magnolia campbellii ‘Darjeeling’ but there are still more cozy fuzzy buds than flowers. Totally worth an early visit but much more to come! Stay tuned

The first significant wave of flowers usually comes later in January and peak bloom is historically in early to mid-February.

San Francisco Botanical Garden shared, “It’s been a slow, cold, and rainy start to this year’s Magnificent Magnolias season (which we’re not mad at…) but the sun has come out and the first magnolias are starting to follow suit! It’s still early and this pictured Magnolia campbellii just inside the Main Gate off the Great Meadow is leading the bloom as it does almost every year. The other species Magnolia campbellii that we typically see as part of the first wave of flowers are still just warming up. Looking like a little overnight rain tonight and then a run of sun that could move things along quickly… come check the first flowers now and stay tuned for much more to come! The first significant wave of flowers usually comes later in January and peak bloom is historically in early to mid-Februarystay tuned to our website and here for the latest bloom updates”

> Magnolia Tip: Always check the SF Botanical Gardens on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter before heading out for the latest updates on how things are blooming.

Annual Magnolia Bloom | 2023
San Francisco Botanical Garden, Golden Gate Park near 9th and Irving
Mid January – Late March (approx)
2023 Magnolia Map.pdf

Garden opens at 7:30am
Last entry varies
1st Sunday in November – January: 4pm
– February – 2nd Saturday in March: 5pm
– 2nd Sunday in March – September: 6pm

– FREE for SF residents with proof of ID
– FREE daily from 7:30-9 am (enter via the main gate)
– FREE all day on the second Tuesday of the month
– FREE – Museums for All – All visitors receiving food assistance (SNAP benefits) are offered free general admission. Free admission may be redeemed by presenting a valid EBT card upon entry.
– $10-13 for Non-residents | Discounts for Seniors, Families & Children

San Francisco Botanical Garden is home to the most significant magnolia collection for conservation purposes outside China, where the majority of species originated. Its current collection includes 51 species and 33 cultivars including many prized examples from Asia.