Magnolia macrophylla (Bigleaf Magnolia)

Height: 30-40 feet
Spread: 20-25 feet
Light: Sun or shade
Soil: Amended, moist, well-drained soil.
Description: At up to 2-feet long, the leaves of M. macrophylla boast the largest of any North American dicot! The tree has a pyramidal form in sun and a looser, more open shape in shade. Ivory-colored blossoms from mid-spring to early summer are followed by red, egg-shaped fruits. Bigleaf magnolias must be 12 to 15 years old to flower.

Photo: Magnus Manske
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