We've inherited 5 magnolia trees with our house - 4 in the back & 1 in the front. The one in the front yard happens to be right in front of my studio window, lucky for me. It's quite a view. Magnolias are so gorgeous that I'll even forgive them for the HUGE, leathery leaves they drop constantly. They make a big mess, but just look at the size of this bloom!
Not-so-great photo: the view from my window - way better in real life!