Southern Magnolia

Arbor walk #63, TreeKeeper ID #5534

The Southern Magnolia, known for its fragrant late-springtime flowers, is one of the most characteristic native trees of the American south. With a typical native range incorporating moist woodland areas from North Carolina to Florida to Texas, St. Louis is much farther north than where Southern Magnolias usually grow. Unlike the ‘Brown Beauty’ Southern Magnolia cultivar near Mudd Field, the non-cultivar version is generally ill-suited to St. Louis winters, and this specimen has survived primarily because it is in a relatively sheltered location. The tree’s most distinctive feature is its leaves—glossy dark green on top and a soft pale green below. While typically considered to be (broadleaf) evergreen, it may become partially deciduous in harsh winters when it loses some of these leaves.

Common NameSouthern Magnolia
Latin NameMagnolia grandiflora
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