Northern kobushi magnolia (Magnolia praecocissima var. borealis) belongs to the Magnoliaceae (the Magnolia family). It is the northern type of Kobushi magnolia (Magnolia kobus). It is a tall deciduous tree that is distributed from the Japan Sea side of the Chubu region in Honshu to Hokkaido. This tree grows in deciduous forests, from lowlands to mountains, and up to a height of 15-20 m. The leaves are broard obovate, with acute tips and entire edges, and arranged in opposite. The white flowers about 12 cm in diameter will bloom at the branch from April to May. The colora is six petaled, sometimes tinged pale reddish color, flat and fragrant. It has three small calyxes on the outside. A small bract leaf is attached to the base of the flower. The fruit is fist like, broken in fall and numerous red seeds hang down by thread.