Magnolia grandiflora     
Southern magnolia   
Magnoliaceae Family     

Compiled by the Master Gardeners
of the University of Arizona Pima County Cooperative Extension.


white flower
giant flower on Magnolia grandiflora
Form: dense pyramidal tree, rounded with age
Seasonality: evergreen
Size: 60-80ft under optimal conditions, spread of 30-50ft, in Tucson usually only 40ft high
Leaves: alternate, large (to 8in long), crisp; top dark green, fuzzy and rust color underneath
Flowers: huge creamy white disk, 8-20in across, scented, bloom in early summer
Fruit: pods on branch terminal in fall, aggregate, vaguely pine-cone like, 4-5in long 3in across opens to release bright red seeds
Stems/Trunks: concealed by thick foliage
Range/Origin: North Caroline, Florida, Texas
Hardiness: to 10°F


magnolia tree
Magnolia grandiflora


Does not perform to its potential in Tucson, will not attain full size nor will flowers be as fragrant or large as when grown in its native habitat, best in lower parts of Tucson

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