To avoid damage from pollinating beetles, the carpels of Magnolia flowers are extremely tough. The natural range of Magnolia species is a disjunct distribution, with a main center in east and southeast Asia. The iconic southern magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is often considered the gold standard of the genus. Growing on the Columbia County courthouse square are of course many Magnolia trees. The local favorite Steel Magnolias (1989) and Magnolia (1999) There is also a Netflix original TV series under the title “Sweet Magnolias”.