Southern Magnolia



Botanical Name:  Magnolia grandiflora

Common Name:  Southern Magnolia, Evergreen Magnolia, Loblolly Magnolia, Great Laurel Magnolia, Big Laurel, Bull Bay

Description:  This is an evergreen tree native to stream and river beds in East Texas and the South which is large in every respect, towering from 60 to 80 feet in height, with leaves that can be as much as a foot in length. The cup-shaped white or cream colored blooms may reach fourteen inches across and are followed by rusty brown cones studded with bright red seeds. Fragrance of the southern magnolia is legendary, and has been described as being as strong as that of jasmine or tuberose, but more delightful. Slow to moderate growing. Sun to part shade. Makes an amazing shade tree. Even though it’s evergreen, it does drop its old leaves periodically so it can regrow new ones. Bees and other pollinators love the nectar filled flowers. Does great in rain gardens.

Fun Fact:  Magnolias are an ancient genus, one of the oldest flowering plants, extending back approximately 130 million years.

Hardiness Zones 6-10


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