Home Conversations @ The Grove Questions and Answers Are you a friend or foe of Southern Magnolias?

  • Are you a friend or foe of Southern Magnolias?

     Neil updated 7 years, 8 months ago 1 Member · 1 Post
  • Neil

    January 17, 2013 at 1:40 pm

    Callaway Gardens states in best in their blog:

    Nothing conjures up images of the South more than Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora).  Its glossy evergreen leaves are a great addition to the landscape at any time of the year.  The large, fragrant blossoms boldly suggest “southern belle” to many.  

    Now, we have a love-hate relationship with these trees.  There seems to be to camps: people either love them or hate them.  The thick foliage tends to drop year-round and it doesn’t decompose readily, so they can be messy, especially in a manicured lawn or landscape.  Although the seeds are good wildlife food, they are dispersed by wildlife and magnolia seedlings tend to come up throughout the landscape and woodland, becoming somewhat invasive.

    There is much variation within the species.  Named varieties give you the opportunity to choose characteristics that you prefer.  For instance, ‘Bracken’s Brown Beauty’ is a fairly compact plants with beautiful brown, velvety undersurface of the leaves.  ‘Little Gem’ is a small, compact tree with smaller leaves and flowers but produces blooms when the plant is fairly young.  There are a number of other varieties from which to choose.

    Whatever your thoughts are on Southern Magnolias, they do announce that summertime is here!

Log in to reply.

Original Post
0 of 0 posts June 2018

Want to learn more about your local community forest?

Join Us

American Grove is an online community for sharing knowledge, experience, and insights about the trees and forests that enrich our cities, towns, and neighborhoods nationwide.

Group logo of Maryland Grove
Group Highlight Maryland Grove
Maryland Department of Natural Resources Forest Service.  This group will aim to inform citizens about…
Member Highlight Morgan Garner
My love for the environment has fueled my career as a physical scientist. I am…
Would you like to leave feedback or have a question? Email us, click here.
Skip to toolbar