Magnolia, Bull Bay, Sweet Magnolia
Just look at
that bloom below. It looks like freshly starched linen
and smells even better! This young Southern Magnolia
tree is in the parking lot of the Okeechobee Boulevard
branch of the Palm Beach County Library. Its
natural range is Zones 7-9, but this icon of the South
will grow well from New York City through south Florida.
Just be sure to give it plenty of room to grow. In its
natural habitat it will attain heights of 65-100 feet,
trunk diameters of over three feet, and branch spreads
of over 50 feet.
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Southern Magnolia, Bull Bay, Sweet
Moist, well-drained, humus-rich, preferably
Water Requirements: Medium
Light Requirements: Full
sun to part shade.
Large, elliptic, evergreen leaves to 10" long,
glossy, dark green above and often fuzzy and rusty-brown
white to cream colored, 8-12", heavily fragrant
blooms in spring through summer.
4" cone splits when ripe, exposing red seeds.
Good shade tree for areas with ample space.
Beware, the tree is messy -- it drops old fruits,
leaves, and twigs continually. This is a fast growing
tree with dense foliage that makes it prone to break in
high winds. Southern Magnolia is subject to scale and
mealybugs. The cultivar 'Little Gem' is an
excellent small tree grawong to only 20'.
Seeds, cuttings, and grafts.
Native Florida Plants,
Society A to Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants