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Magnolia grandiflora /Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora  / Magnolia grandiflora
Specimen in bloom in early summer
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Specimen in bloom in early summer

Espaliered magnolias on a building at Mississippi State University

A long hedge planting

Close-up of a flower in late spring or early summer

Close view of flower


Mature specimen tree

Relatively young trees

Magnolia canopy in full bloom in May or June

Magnolia espaliered on a brick wall

Tree with canopy touching the ground and concealing many of the leaves that drop

Young trees

Flower and bud

Several trees with canopies growing together

A pair of flowers showing stamens that have fallen into the petals

Typical magnolia tree that has never been pruned

Specimen tree with growth all the way to the ground

Flower and foliage

Young tree showing growth all the way to the ground

Opening bud

Specimen lawn tree at a residential site

Typical lawn tree showing leaves on ground under canopy

Foliage and fresh white flowers

Occasaionally magnolia leaves become flocked with snow when there is snowfall in the deep South

When planted in an open area branches with leaves are held to ground level

Mature seed cone may have beautiful coloration in late summer or early fall

Just before opening in late summer

Seed cone ia a horizontal plane

Vertically standing seeded cone

Seed, some hanging by their funiculus, ready to be dispersed from the cone

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Scientific Name: Magnolia grandiflora
Common Name: Southern Magnolia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: over 50 feet
Bloom time: Spring, Summer
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants that Attract Birds
Plants with Fragrance
Trees, Fruiting
Comments: A very large tree with evergreen, dense foliage with rusty color on undersides. Highly fragrant, white flowers in spring and early summer. It is used as screen and as a lawn specimen where it probably should not be in many situations. Few plants will grow under its capopy. It has some salt tolerance.