Native to the southeastern United States and eastern Mexico, this species has the largest simple leaf and single flower of any North American plant. Growing up to 20 m tall, this magnolia produces distinctive 25-80 cm long and 11-30 cm wide leaves at the tips of branches. The species name macrophylla derives from the Greek words macro (large) and phyllon (leaf) and refers to its big leaves.
- Moist woodlands.
- Growth Habit:
- Deciduous tree, growing to 12 m tall, lower branches spreading at 90 degrees to main stem.
- Bloom Time:
- Around 40 years.
- Presence in US:
- AL AR DC GA KY LA MD MS NC OH SC TN VA