bigleaf magnolia Magnoliaceae Magnolia macrophylla
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.