Southern Magnolia trees can be found growing in many places around the Agnes Scott Arboretum, including at the tour stop that we call Dieckmann Magnolias.
The Southern Magnolia tree, or Magnolia grandiflora, is a deciduous tree that is native to Georgia and across the southeastern United States, though it is also cultivated in warm climates around the world. At its full height, it generally reaches up to 90 feet tall. The most recognizable feature of a magnolia tree is probably its large, lemon-citronella-scented flowers. They have between 6-12 soft white petals, and can grow up to a foot in diameter. It can also be identified by its leaves, which are simple, dark green, stiff and leathery, with soft yellow-brown scurfy undersides. You can identify these leaf features in the photo below of the leaves of a Southern Magnolia tree at the Agnes Scott Arboretum, along with a bud of its flower.
A bit of Southern Magnolia Treevia–Largely because of the species’ popularity as an ornamental tree, over 50 different cultivars of the southern magnolia have been developed, including the “Goliath”, the “Little Gem”, and the “Teddy Bear” magnolia varieties.
For more information on this tree species, click here.