If only you could! This is a bloom from a Magnolia wieseneri tree, a rather unusual type of Magnolia that has an incredible scent.
It's scent is very difficult to describe- a combination of melon and lemon, with a bit of jasmine and lilac thrown in.
Magnolia wieseneri is a product of combining Magnolia sieboldii and Magnolia obovata and was first introduced at the Paris Exposition Universelle of 1889 (a world's fair).
It can grow to twenty feet. Unfortunately, the deer and squirrels have introduced themselves to our specimen and it is struggling to overcome their damage. We were so proud to have seven blooms!
Closeup, the stamens look as if they have iridescent edges...
What magnolias do you grow? Do you like their scents?