The World of Magnolias


By Dorothy J. Callaway

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An up-to-date encyclopedic reference to all known species, with the most complete listing of cultivars yet published. Since most magnolias are highly ornamental their garden use is a primary focus of the book, though every aspect of magnolias from history to hybridizing is treated.

This book is only available through print on demand. All interior art is black and white.


  • “Documents the magnolia’s history, culture, propagation, and breeding. In addition to many gorgeous full-color photos, the book provides an encyclopedic listing of more than 80 magnolia species.” —Better Homes and Gardens

    “This book of international relevance makes a worthy reference for anyone interested in trees and shrubs.” —American Horticulturist

    “A welcome addition to the expanding shelf of books devoted to this horticulturally significant and botanically interesting genus.” —Plantsman

    “It is a tremendous accomplishment. It is a publication that magnolia enthusiasts will be very grateful for.” —Rhododendron, Camellia, and Magnolia Group Bulletin

    “This is a dandy reference for gardeners.” —American Association of Botanical Gardens and Arboreta Newsletter

    “An encyclopedic book. . . . which will interest any magnolia lover, whether a professional grower, landscaper, or lay person. She points out that magnolias are available in such variety that there are some for almost any situation in any size garden.” —Indiana Nursery News

    “Perhaps the only book yet written that encompasses all the magnolia species along with their history and care.” —Country Living Gardener

    “This is the most comprehensive book on magnolias available and is a must for every magnolia lover.” —Ornamental Outlook

    The World of Magnolias is not only a work to stimulate the modern breeder and gardener but also a stunning luxurious contribution to pay a tribute to these top-prized landscape plants.” —Forest Genetics

    “The book is not only a reference compendium on magnolias but a wonderfully readable book on the subject.” —Lafayette Advertiser


On Sale
Jul 16, 2010
Page Count
308 pages
Timber Press

Dorothy J. Callaway

About the Author

Dorothy J. Callaway was born in Alabama and grew up in Bishop, Georgia. She was exposed to natural history (plant science in particular) at an early age through her parents. She attended the University of Georgia, Athens, Georgia, and received a B.S. in horticulture, followed by an M.S. in botany from the L. H. Bailey Hortorium at Cornell University, Ithaca, New York. Her thesis research involved the taxonomic study of magnolias cultivated in North America. Since then she has written a number of articles on magnolias for major botanical and horticultural journals. Her aims in writing this book are to compile scattered information into a single reference and to introduce others to the fascinating variety of the genus. Dorothy Callaway has served as the official registrar for magnolia cultivars and as a member of the board of trustees of the Magnolia Society, Inc.

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