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Magnolia grandiflora

Common Name(s):
Southern magnolia, Large tree magnolia, Large tree magnolia
Cultivar(s):
Alta, Bracken's Brown Beauty, Claudia Wannamaker, DD Blanchard, Edith Bogue, Kay Parris (semi-dwarf), Little Gem (semi-dwarf), Teddy Bear (semi-dwarf)
Categories:
Native Plants, Trees
Comment:

Dark green, glossy leaves; brown, felt-like fuzz on back of leaves; dense shade and shallow roots make it difficult to grow plants; native; should be planted where lowest branches can grow to ground; difficult to grow anything underneath; leaves difficult to manage - drops in fall and spring; seedling variability for age flowering begins; seeds attract birds; semi-dwarf (Learn more about               "Magnolia grandiflora 'Little Gem'") more compact, 15-20 ft. tall, 8-10 ft. wide.

Height:
40-80 ft.
Flower:
8-12 in. fragrant, creamy white flowers in summer; bright red seeds in fall; Little Gem flowers early
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained soil; tolerates high moisture
Texture:
Coarse
Form:
Dense, conical shape; symmetrical
Exposure:
Moist soil
Fruit:
8 in. waxy white fragrant flowers from summer to early fall; bright red seeds
Width:
30-40 ft.
Growth Rate:
Slow to moderate
Leaf:
5-10 in. alternate, simple, dark green leathery leaves; underside often has a cinnamon-brown pubescence
Tags:
evergreen

NCCES plant id: 509

Magnolia grandiflora Magnolia grandiflora
Photo by Arthur Chapman, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Magnolia grandiflora M. grandiflora 'Little Gem'
Photo by Littlegemtrees, CC BY-ND-2.0
Magnolia grandiflora M. grandiflora 'Little Gem' seed pod