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Southern Magnolia Tree

Updated on October 8, 2010

Magnolia grandiflora,

Egg Magnolia
Egg Magnolia
Large deep waxy green leaves
Large deep waxy green leaves

Magnolia Trees

Since coming to the middle Tennessee area I have been infatuated with the Huge deep green Magnolia Trees which are grown prolifically here. These trees are more commonly known as the Southern Magnolia Tree. This gorgeous tree is native to the southeastern United States. Generally from the coast of Virginia south to central Florida, as well west to eastern Texas and Arkansas. This grand Dame of the south will grow to am amazing height of 90 ft. The Magnolia tree is an evergreen tree with large dark green leaves and white/creamy fragrant flowers that can be as large as a dinner plate. 

Gate and Magnolia
Gate and Magnolia
Makes wonderful Shade Trees
Makes wonderful Shade Trees
Flower and seeds of the Southern Magnolia
Flower and seeds of the Southern Magnolia

The magnolia tree is very popular as an ornamental tree. The leaves will bronze, blotch, and burn in severe winters especially when grown in full winter sun but most leaves remain until they are replaced by new foliage in the spring.

Once established these magnificent trees are drought tolerant. The leaves are heavy and fall year round from the interior and form a dense cover on the ground. The leaves are also popular items used in decorative floral arrangements. The leaves have a waxy coating

The Southern magnolia along with Sweetbay magnolia and Cucumber magnolia are also commercially grown. Lumber from these trees are simply called magnolia, which is used in the construction of furniture, boxes, pallets, venetian blinds, sashes, doors and used as veneers.

The Southern magnolia has a yellowish-white sapwood with light to dark brown heartwood.The usually straight grained wood has uniform texture with closely spaced rings. The wood is ranked moderate in heaviness, hardness and stiffness within the industry. It is moderately low in shrinkage, bending and compression strength and ranked moderately high in shock resistance.

The Magnolia should be planted where the lowest branches can grow right to ground. Therefore attention should be given to the space required for such a huge tree. Planting close to the house would become a problem in just a few years resulting in either removal of the tree or costly transplanting. Care must also be taken as to what is grown in close proximity to the tree as it is difficult to grow anything underneath. The falling leaves are difficult to manage  dropping in fall and spring. The seeds are an attraction for birds so consequently there are a number of birds which ultimately make their home in the safe large branches of the magnolia. 

for more info see Wikipedia here

Sweetbay Magnolia Tree
Sweetbay Magnolia Tree

Facts regarding the Magnolia Tree

Hardiness Zones: 7-9

Habit: Evergreen

Growth Rate: Slow to moderate

Site Requirements: Sun to partial shade; well drained soil; tolerates high moisture

Form: Dense, conical shape; symmetrical

Height: 40 to 90'

Width:30 to 40'

Leaf: 5 to 10" alternate, simple, dark green leathery leaves

Flower:8 to 12" fragrant, creamy white 

Fruit: bright red seeds 

Our Grand Lady of the South


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    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      I wouldn't doubt that! They are so majestic...wish I could take one home...sigh...thanks for stopping in

      Bless you


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      8 years ago from Metro Atlanta, GA, USA

      Wonderful hub, and a beautiful tree. They are so gorgeous in the spring. God must have had an over supply of pink the day he created them.

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      How wonderful...I am only visiting in Tennessee and oh how I wish I could bring some of these home with me.



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      Holle Abee 

      8 years ago from Georgia

      We have lots of these is GA! Enjoyed the read!

    • UlrikeGrace profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from Canada

      Magdalene, I do so enjoy your are great...and I am so blessed that God has made one such as are as unique as this Mighty tree...

      Love and Blessing


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      8 years ago

      Oh me oh my!!!! THANKYOU!!!! I join with you, Ulrike, in thanking our Creator God for this majestic, beauty. Oh she is grand!!! Love to see one in real life one day--God willing!

      I bet the smell is heady, heady, heady!!

      Love it, thank you again!

      I am glad you are being blessed by them-continue to enjoy!

      Thank you Father for your beauty in creation.


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