Magnolia grandiflora from Plates prepared between the years 1849 and 1859, to accompany a report on the forest trees of North America
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Supplied Caption: Large flowered Magnolia (Southern Magnolia)
Original Caption: Magnolia grandiflora.
One of the most beautiful and iconic features of the Southern United States is the Southern Magnolia, or Magnolia grandiflora. This evergreen tree has broad, glossy green leaves and produces large, white sweet-smelling flowers that begin blooming in the spring. In the wild, Southern Magnolias will grow alongside other species of trees. Although the Southern Magnolia is an easy tree to climb because its sturdy branches start low on the trunk, climbing to the top of the tree probably isn’t a good idea. These trees can reach heights of 60 to 80 feet! You might expect to see bees and butterflies visiting these trees, but they aren’t attracted to it because its flowers don’t produce nectar. Instead, the flowers produce a pollen that attracts beetles. If you see a beetle on a magnolia, let it be. The magnolia relies on these insects for pollination, which helps keep these beautiful trees in the landscape.