I’ve tentatively identified the tree in our yard as a magnolia based on the leaf shape, flower, and dried seed cones I’ve found. But there are definite differences between it and the southern species I knew in Texas. This northern magnolia has larger leaves that are less stiff and waxy. Its flowers are smaller, less symmetrical and have a pinkish hue, unlike the white blooms of the southern tree. And, big surprise, the seed cones turn bright magenta in the fall. I’d only seen them on the tree still green in the summer or on the ground dried and brown with the distinctive red seeds popping out. This bright pink is an unexpected fall color.