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A friend told me that a European-American sailing past on Elliott Bay in the late 1800s was told he could name the area now called Magnolia. He saw the native madrona trees up on Magnolia bluff and mistook them for the magnolia trees with which he was familiar. This is one of the few along the bluffs that has not died in the past few years. The native madrona trees that have lined Magnolia bluff for centuries have been in decline and dying in the last decade. It is thought that a fungus may be the cause, further aided by the dry warm summers of the past few years.. This one is the only relatively healthy one (to my uneducated eye) left in this particular stand of trees. The color of the trunk in the setting sun's light was spectacular.