Tuesday, March 15, 2011

March 15 - The Bigleaf Magnolia - Magnolia macrophylla

The Bigleaf Magnolia
The Bigleaf Magnolia
The Bigleaf Magnolia

This is the first time I have included this tree on the blog. I am including all Southern Appalachian trees for 2011 and had to change out some of the 2010 trees that do not live in the Southern Appalachians.

This tree lives by the road that leads up to my house.  The buds are so interesting; they are white and fuzzy, pointy with a blunted end and so beautiful.  Big leaf magnolia is an endangered species in the wild.  It is interesting that this tree will start to flower when it is just 3 feet high.  This tree grows to be 40-50 feet high.

The Magnolia trees are a symbol of magnificence and beauty.  One look at the Magnolia's buds, flowers, and seed cones, and I could see why they are considered symbols of magnificence and beauty. 

"When one tugs at a single thing in nature, he finds it attached to the rest of the world"  John Muir


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