Leaf Identification

The leaves of the Ashe’s Magnolia are a medium green color and very large. They can be anywhere between 18″ to 30″ long. They have somewhat whitish hairs on the lower surface. Lastly they have pinnate veins and an entire margin.

Twig and Bud Identification

The twigs of the Ashe’s Magnolia usually have very big leave scars on them. The buds are covered with whitish hair (pubescent).

Bark Identification

The Ashe’s Magnolia has thin, gray bark with a smooth texture.

Fruit Identification

The Ashe’s Magnolia has egg-shaped to rounded seed pods (capsules) that have a pink tint to them. The fruit is almost cone-like. It is an example of an aggregate fruit which means it comes from one flower but forms multiple seeds. The red seeds are typically visible in September.

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Flower Identification

The flowers of the Ashe’s Magnolia are white with purple bases. They have a large-cup flower shape. It is very fragrant.

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