15 responses to “Magnolia macrophylla”

  1. Denis

    This tree reminds me of camping trips to the Daniel Boone National Forest, located not far from where I grew up in Cincinnati. The tree was common in one camping spot I returned to several times, giving it a very tropical appearance.

    It is much more of the State Tree of Kentucky than Liriodendron will ever be (especially since that is the Indiana State Tree to me).

  2. Justin Lee

    It’s a tougher one to establish here in Saint Louis; they appreciate a fair bit of shade. That being said, it’s a beauty when you find it a nice spot. Good pick for the day! :).

  3. Anne

    I have a photo of my daughter standing next to a flower of magnolia macrophylla at a local park in Seattle. It is larger than her head! At the time I knew it was a Magnolia but I knew it wasn’t grandiflora so it inspired me to research. I try to go back to the park every year when it is in bloom.

  4. Chris Michalek

    Hi Daniel
    I don’t understand the use of “extirpated” in Arkansas.
    BTW…there are large and wonderful examples of magnolia macrophylla into southern Illinois too.

  5. Toinette Lippe

    There’s a glorious magnolia macrophylla in the public garden at Wave Hill in the Bronx (NYC). The first time I “met” it, I could hardly believe my eyes.

  6. Robert Roggeveen

    Is the magnolia collection at UBC as rich as the one in San Francisco? Surely richer than anything we could have here in CT at 6b/a.

  7. Victoria Oyama

    Hello from Japan! I have a Magnolia obovata growing in my garden that I planted nearly 40 years ago when it was a little baby.
    I didn’t realize it has a counterpart in North America.
    The huge leaves are used here in Japan after they have withered and dropped off the tree, as a makeshift dish for grilling leeks and mushrooms together in a miso sauce. The leaves impart a distinct fragrance to the food.
    The wood is quite hard and used for the underneath part of Japanese geta (clogs?), and for chopping boards and also the handles of chopping knives.
    As it does not exude much resin or sap, apparently it was also used for making scabbards for Japanese swords.
    I love every component of the Magnolia obovata in my garden – the leaves, the flowers, and the seeds.
    I enjoy raking up those huge leaves in autumn when they make a unique sound as they fall down and hit the ground.

  8. Wendy

    Thank you Victoria. I enjoyed reading that, especially about the sound of the leaves being raked. All the many ways to enjoy trees!

  9. lynn

    I love the close-up, Daniel – Magnolias are fabulous subjects – from bud to flower to fruit, and more. And, small world, I used to work at Wave Hill, which Toinette mentions above.

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