Wednesday, August 11, 2010

August 11 - Fraser Magnolia - Magnolia fraseri

 Fraser Magnolia

Fraser Magnolia

This is one of the most beautiful trees in the Southern Appalachians. The leaves are distinctive, with  ear shaped lobes where the leaf meets the stem. The leaves are usually 8-15 inches long, crowded near the twigs tips . Large, fragrant, creamy white flowers appear in May. In August, there are incredible red cones which are the fruit of the tree and contains fleshy seeds. The bark is smooth and gray.

This tree is found in moist mountain forests. You can see many Fraser Magnolias along the Blue Ridge Parkway in Virginia and North Carolina.

This tree is named for John Fraser who lived from 1750 - 1811. He was a Scottish botanist.

The national champion Fraser Magnolia lives in Raburn, Georgia. It has a circumference of 107 inches and is 92 feet high.


Rebecca

2 comments:

  1. Thank you for the grace you give me, Becky, by being in my life. The Magnolia is one of my favorite trees.

    love and blessings,

    Gayle

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  2. It's one of my favorite trees, too. Especially when I drive up your mountain to come see you!! Happy Birthday, Gayle. I agree with Becky. You surely ARE beautiful inside and out!!!

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