An ornamental symbol of the American South, the Southern Magnolia is a large evergreen that can grow to 80 feet in height. Its incredible, linen-white flowers adorn the tree from late spring through the summer months.
The flowing petals sprawl out, revealing a bright white center. A sweet, distinctive fragrance emanates from the flowers, permeating the lush landscapes and stately plantations throughout the south.
So pretty are the Southern Magnolia's flowers, they are the most commonly used flowers for bridal bouquets. Brick-red fruits and kidney-shaped seeds attract a variety of birds and small animals including squirrels and wild turkeys.
The broad leaves are thick, long (5-8 inches) and shiney, with a dark green color so rich that florists use them in arrangements. The leave's underside is a rust colored, velvet-like bottom that complements the green surface.
A wide trunk (2-3 feet in diameter) with creamy brown bark, consists of hard and heavy wood commonly used to make furniture, pallets, crates and cabinets. The Southern Magnolia is extremely drought tolerant.
It can thrive in full sun or partial shade and likes well-drained soil. The sights and smells of this classic southern beauty make it a good candidate for a street tree, a framing tree or a shade tree, as long as it has ample room to accommodate its massive size.