Organic Southern Magnolia Seeds -  One of the Most Beautiful Native Trees

Organic Southern Magnolia Seeds - One of the Most Beautiful Native Trees

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Southern Magnolia
Magnolia grandiflora
Bull Bay, Evergreen Magnolia, Big-Laurel, Large-Flower Magnolia, Magnolia of the South

Description: One of the most beautiful native trees, evergreen with straight trunk, conical crown, and very fragrant, very large, white flowers.
Height: 60-80' (18-24 m).
Diameter: 2-3' (0.6-0.9 m).
Leaves: Evergreen; 5-8" (13-20 cm) long, 2-3" (5-7.5 cm) wide. Oblong or elliptical; thick and firm with edges slightly turned under. Shiny bright green above, pale and with rust-colored hairs beneath. Stout leafstalks with rust-colored hairs.
Bark: Dark gray; smooth, becoming furrowed and scaly.
Twigs: Covered with rust-colored hairs when young; with ring scars at nodes; ending in buds also covered with rust-colored hairs.
Flowers: 6-8" (15-20 cm) wide; cup-shaped; 3 white sepals and 6 or more petals; very fragrant; solitary at end of twig; in late spring and summer.
Fruit: 3-4" (7.5-10 cm) long; cone like; oblong; pink to brown; covered with rust-colored hairs; composed of many separate short-pointed 2-seeded fruits that split open in early autumn.
Habitat: Moist soils of valleys and low uplands with various other hardwoods.
Propagation: Seed, root cuttings, or layering, best results from seeds and layering.
Range: E. Massachusetts (Cape Cod) to central Florida and west to E. California; to 400' (122 m).
Hardiness: To -10°F (Minus 10)
Features: A distinctive evergreen tree with large, showy, fragrant flowers, the southern magnolia is the State Flower of Mississippi and Louisiana, and itself a southern tradition. Southern magnolia should be a part of every cultivated landscape in zones 5-9 that is large enough for a full-size tree (folks farther north to Zone 3b should be able to find hardy cultivars for their areas too). Those with less space can plant magnolia cultivars like 'Little Gem' that are slower growing and smaller in stature.
Usage: One of the south’s premier landscape trees. Yankees must eat their hearts out! The magnolia is used as a street tree, a free standing specimen, a framing tree, or shade tree. It has some limited use in the forest products trade where its wood is made into veneer for plywood and wooden crates to transport vegetables.
Discussion: Planted around the world in warm temperate and subtropical regions, it is a popular ornamental and shade tree, hardy north to Philadelphia. Several horticultural varieties have been developed. Principal uses of the wood are furniture, boxes, cabinetwork, and doors. The dried leaves are used by florists in decorations. This native American tree occurs on the coastal plain from North Carolina, south to central Florida, and west to east Texas. Magnolia grandiflora grows best along streams and near swamp margins in moist, fertile soils, in association with American beech (Fagus grandiflora), sweetgum (Liquidambar styraciflua), and various oaks. This spectacular tree is beloved by gardeners and planted all over the world wherever it can be grown, which is just about anywhere in USDA Zones 5b-9b, very much the entire United States of America.

Materials: 15 Organic Southern Magnolia Seeds