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Magnolia macrophylla

Big Leaf Magnolia

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Deciduous Tree

Notes:

The leaves are the largest deciduous leaf outside the tropics, with lengths reaching 32 inches and widths of 12 inches. The trees are sometimes confused with Magnolia tripeleta. M. macrophylla has 2 rounded lobes at the base of each leaf, whereas M. tripeleta lacks these lobes.

The flowers of M. macrophylla are solitary and can be 10 to 16 inches wide, with 6 white petals. Often there is a purple spot at the base of the petals. The flowers are fragrant, bloom in May to early June, and are pollinated by insects. A spherical, cone-like fruit develops that is 3 to 4 inches long and has many orange-red seeds when it ripens in early September.

These trees are rare, but not endangered. They occur in only a few places in North Carolina, and 95% of all the wild trees in the state are found in Gaston County. No one knows why they prefer this region. M. macrophylla is found growing wild in other southeastern states. They like moist ravines beneath taller hardwood trees, which is where they are found on Red Lair Farm.

Andre Michaux (1746-1802) was sent to America by King Louis XVI of France to find new plants to ship back to improve the forestry and agriculture there. Louis XVI was encouraged by Thomas Jefferson, who was Minister to France, to send this expedition. Michaux spend 11 years traveling throughout the eastern half of the continent. One of his trips took him through Charlotte and into Gaston County where he was the first to collect, describe, and name this rare and beautiful new species of magnolia tree in 1789. With plants gathered near Stanley, Michaux soon introduced the species into the gardens of France.

Partially Opened Bloom

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Red Lair Farm and Forest

Leaves and Buds

It is hard to imagine the size of the leaves and blooms if you have never seem them.

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Red Lair Farm and Forest

Canopy

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Red Lair Farm and Forest

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record

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I first discovered these trees in a hilly area of Southern Mississippi.  Now that I live in Gaston county, I’m dying to grow some in my yard.
Where can I get a tree?

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  05/06  at  06:09 PM

Unfortunately, sources are few and far between in North Carolina but I did manage to buy a small one at the Cullowhee Native Plant Conference last month.  You might want to join us at the George Poston Park rescue in Gaston County (check events calendar).  Native plant gatherings are the best place to find sources for those rare finds.  Good luck!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address)  on  08/03  at  09:45 AM
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