Magnolia x soulangeana
Hans Herr House, 1849 Hans Herr Drive, Willow Street PA (back-left of Visitor Center)
The third photograph displayed here was taken in 1896 and shows David H. Huber and his family standing outside of their home with a recently planted magnolia (the tree farthest to the right).
[In the photo, David Huber is holding the horse’s bridle; his wife Annie is in the white apron; their daughters are down front, Myrtle (smaller) and Mary; Aunt Adda Mowrer is in the black apron; and Uncle John Huber, David’s brother and builder of the 1892 Huber House, is holding David's and Annie’s son, D. Mark Huber.]
The magnolia tree is still healthy at 122 years (plus another 6-8 years for age-when-planted), and is thus exceeding the normal lifespan for Saucers, which is 80-120 years. Saucer Magnolia is a hybrid “created” in 1820 by a cavalry officer retired from Napoleon’s army, and is a cross between M. denudata and M. lilliflora.
This amazing species tolerates wind and alkaline soils that would damage or kill many other magnolias.