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Magnolia macrophylla /Bigleaf Magnolia

Magnolia macrophylla  / Magnolia macrophylla
Magnolia flower
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Magnolia flower

Flower and huge leaves


A terminal swirl of foliage and flower

Foliage showing the silvery colored underside of leaves

Opening flower bud

Prominent winter buds with a fuzzy covering

A terminal shoot with flower span a distance of over four feet

Opening flower and foliage

Typical late autumn scene with dried leaves covering the ground

Wind blowing the mammoth sized foliage exposing the silver colored underside of foliage

A nearly mature cone just before the done opens

Mature seed cone releasing biglead magnolia seeds

Mature seed cone in mid-September

Developing flower bud on a terminal shoot of foliage

Flower bud and large spring leaves

Tree flowering at a relatively young age in a Baton Rouge garden

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Scientific Name: Magnolia macrophylla
Common Name: Bigleaf Magnolia
Plant Type: Deciduous
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 6, 7, 8 Determine Your Zone
Height: over 50 feet
Spread: 20- 30 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Summer
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist,
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: Has large, ivory-white flowers that may be up to 14 or more inches in diameter. The leaves are very large and on average are about 30 inches long and 8-12 inches wide. They are light green below and silvery below. With its spectacular flower and foliage, it makes an accent or specimen tree.