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Species: Magnolia grandiflora

Magnolia grandiflora

Southern Magnolia; Evergreen Magnolia; Bull Bay

Found on Course Walks

Broad-leaved Evergreens;
Broad-leaved Evergreens, Campus trees walk

Map of plant locations

(Plant location data may be incomplete)

In Collection(s):

None Listed

Cultivars

Many varieties have been selected, only a few are particularly cold hardy.

'Alta', 'Baby Grand', 'Bracken's Brown Beauty', 'Claudia Wannamaker', 'Coco', 'D.D. Blanchard', 'Edith Bogue', 'Emory', 'Teddy Bear'

Ornamental Characteristics

Tree > 30 feet

large evergreen tree, 60 to 80' tall, 30 to 50'wide

Evergreen

Thick, shiny, leathery leaves, large cream-colored flowers in May and June, fruit a red cluster of follicles, smooth grey bark, although older trees develop large scaly plates

Environmental Characteristics

Full sun, Part shade

6b

Can tolerate acid to alkaline soil (pH 5.0 to 8.0)

Full sun to part shade, needs protection from winter sun and wind. Branch breakage from snow loading.

Consistently moist, well-drained soil; Occasional periods of dry soil
See graphic below

Insect Disease

leaf spot, scale, aphids, though few serious

Bare Root Transplanting

Difficult

Other

Species and some cultivars very slow to flower, others flower after only a few years. Best if transplanted when young, root-pruned. Origin: Southeastern US

Moisture Tolerance Graphic

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Moisture Tolerance

Moisture graphic
Occasionally saturated or very wet soil
Consistently moist, well-drained soil
Occasional periods of dry soil
Prolonged periods of dry soil
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