"In June the magnolias—there are several species in the South—are in bloom. In many parts they commence to blossom in May. One of the finest of these is the Magnolia glauca. One would suspect at once that it was a near relative of the tulip tree."
This illustration and the description are from "The Bee-Keeper's Guide, or, Manual of the Apiary," 13th edition, by Albert John Cook, 1842-1916 (Published by the author, 1888)