Magnolias are deciduous or evergreen shrubs commonly found in woodlands or along river banks. They are grown for their showy, erect flowers which come in a wide range of colours from white to purple. Leaves are borne after the flowers and are ovate and alternate. Magnolias also bear cone-like, red seeds which are very attractive in autumn. Magnolias grow well in moist, well drained soil in sun or partial shade.