Approximately one hundred to two hundred species (depending
on the scientific authority) of Magnolia
are found in tropical America
and Asia. The southern magnolia is one of the southern
icons. It is native throughout the southeastern U.S.
including north Florida and into northern Mexico.
Typically, wild plants are found in moist environments. It is a long lived
evergreen tree. The leaves are large and leathery. Fragrant white flowers can
be as large as twelve inches across. Flowers are produced in late spring and
summer. Traditionally, the magnolias were classified as dicotyledons. Some
scientists consider magnolias to be descendents of a basal group of flowering
plants that preceded the development of monocotyledons and dicots.
Light: full sun to part shade
Water: drought tolerant when established, may benefit from irrigation during a prolonged drought
Soil: very adaptable, no special requirements
This native tree is widely planted in northeast Florida. They are adaptable to a wide range of garden conditions. Young plants may require irrigation during prolonged droughts.