Native to: Southeastern United States Crown: Densely pyramidal Height: 40 - 50 feet Width: 25 - 35 feet Growth Rate: Slow to moderate
Characteristics: Powerfully fragrant pure white flowers throughout summer and fall. Large evergreen glossy leaves characterize this tree. Prefers well-drained neutral or slightly acidic soil. Spring planting is most successful. Prune to shape when young. This tree has moderate drought tolerance.
Negative Features: Very messy with lots of litter. Surface roots can cause problems with sidewalks in narrow planters.
Uses: Good for highlights and entry features, in cul-de-sacs and all street situations where room allows on arterial, collector and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity.
Comments: Southern Magnolia is an evergreen tree that is best grown with some protection from winds. It might die back in severe winters. Best planted from containers or from stock with the roots balled in soil and wrapped with burlap.