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Magnolia grandiflora

Native Plants

Southern Magnolia

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Southern magnolia is one of our most attractive native broad-leaved evergreen trees. There are few trees that can rival it as a specimen tree for larger landscapes, maturing to 50’ tall or more. With its thick and glossy green 6-8” leaves and large, fragrant white flowers up to 8” in diameter, southern magnolia attracts attention year round. In the garden it grows best in full sun with acidic, well-drained soils. To enhance the beauty of southern magnolia, gardeners often allow this tree to branch to the ground. With the dense shade of evergreen leaves, few companions can grow in the shade of southern magnolia. It should be protected from very windy sites which can result in winter leaf burn.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, dry, moist 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-spring
  • Soil PH
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color
    black, brown, orange, pink