Bigleaf Magnolia

Magnolia macrophylla

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.
Habitat:
Moist woodlands.
Growth Habit:
Deciduous tree, growing to 12 m tall, lower branches spreading at 90 degrees to main stem.
Bloom Time:
Mid-spring.
Longevity:
Around 40 years.
Presence in US:
AL AR DC GA KY LA MD MS NC OH SC TN VA