Mississippi State Tree – Southern Magnolia – Magnolia grandiflora
Leaf: Alternate, simple, pinnately veined and evergreen, 5 to 8 inches long, oval
in shape with an entire margin. Very waxy/shiny above, and reddish tomentose below.
Flower: Very showy and fragrant, 6 to 8 inches wide with large white petals.
Flowers are borne singly, from May to June.
Fruit: An aggregate of follicles, green changing to red, cylindrical, 3 to
5 inches long with red seeds, 1/2 inch long. Maturing October to November.
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 with a pyramidal crown. When open grown, the crown
is dense with low branches.
Conservation; Photos and text by: John Seiler, Edward Jensen,
Alex Niemiera, and John Peterson; Silvics reprinted from Ag
Handbook 654; range map source information