bigleaf magnolia Magnoliaceae Magnolia
|Leaf: Alternate, simple, very large, 20 to 30 inches long, with wavy edges and "ear-lobes" at the base, green and shiny above, lower surface with whitish hairs.
Flower: Species is monoecious; large (10 to 14 inches) and showy, with several long creamy white petals, very fragrant.
Fruit: Cone-like, nearly round, 2 to 3 inches long, rose colored.
Twig: Stout, with a large leaf scar, stipule scar circles the twig; bud is large (1 inch) and covered with silvery pubescence.
Bark: Thin, smooth and gray-brown, may develop small platy patches.
Form: Small tree reaching heights to 40 feet, generally a straight trunk.
Looks like: Ashe magnolia
- umbrella magnolia
- Fraser magnolia
| Additional Range Information:
Magnolia macrophylla is native to North America.
Range may be expanded by planting.
See states reporting bigleaf magnolia.
| External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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Photos and text by: John Seiler,
Edward Jensen, Alex Niemiera,
and John Peterson