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"A man does not plant a tree for himself, he plants it for posterity." - Alexander Smith   


Southern Magnolia
(Magnolia grandiflora)

Donated by KCTOP
Tree Map Location: # 216
In Honor of Lois Ott upon her retirement
after 26 years of service to Kaskaskia College

Southern Magnolia leaf Southern Magnolia fruit Southern Magnolia tree Southern Magnolia twig Southern Magnolia bark

Leaf: Alternate, simple, evergreen, oval to elliptical, 5 to 8 inches long, pinnately veined, entire margin, very thick almost plastic-like, waxy/shiny dark green above, paler with rusty fuzz below.  
Flower: Monoecious; very showy and fragrant, 6 to 8 inches wide with large white petals, occur singly in late spring and occasionally a few in the fall.  
Fruit: An aggregate of follicles, green changing to red and later to brown, cylindrical, 3 to 5 inches long with a bright red seed (1/2 inch long) in each follicle, maturing in fall.  
Twig: Stout, with white to rusty tomentum and a long (1 to 1 1/2 inches) silky white to rusty red terminal bud.  
Bark: Brown to gray, thin, smooth/lenticellate when young, later with close plates or scales.  
Form: A medium sized tree up to 80 feet with a pyramidal crown. When open grown, the crown is dense with low branches.  
Source: Virginia Tech  
Website: http://www.cnr.vt.edu/dendro

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