Big-Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)

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Leaves 20-30 inches long, heart-shaped at the base, silvery underneath; rare; growing as a small understory tree in scattered southeastern locations; producing large cones.

by Michael Kuo

Habitat: Typically an understory tree in valleys and moist spots; rare, occurring in localized pockets within its range.

Stature: 30-40 feet high; to 1 foot in diameter; appearing scrappy and top heavy.

Leaves: 20-30 inches long; with heart-shaped bases; dark green above; silvery below; with a prominent midrib.

Bark: Thin; light gray; finely scaly.

Cones: 2-5 inches long; bright rose colored when ripe.

(References consulted)


Magnolia macrophylla

Magnolia macrophylla

Magnolia macrophylla

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