Native plants for wetlands, fields or forests and an eclectic mix of other botanic delights

Magnolia macrophylla

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Big Leaf Magnolia
Magnificently Large Leaves and Flowers
Mature Size:
' Height /
' Spread
Expected Size:
Light Preference:
Part Sun to Shade
Soil Preference:
Moist (Mesic)
$18.50/1.5 gallon (3'); $24.50/2 gal.; $38.50/3 gal.; some larger

Magnolia macrophylla, commonly called Bigleaf Magnolia, is noted for its huge, oblong-obovate leaves, to 30 inches long which are the largest simple leaves of any tree indigenous to North America. Leaves are green above and silvery-gray below. This unusual tree is rarely found in the wild, being limited mainly to a few rich wooded areas in river valleys and ravines in the southeastern United States. It is a pyramidal tree that develops a spreading rounded crown with age, typically growing 30-40’ tall. Fragrant, open, cup-shaped flowers to 8" to 12" wide bloom in May to June. Flowers are white with rose-purple at the petal bases. Although quite large, the flowers are often located far off the ground and are not always easy to see close up. Flowers give way to spherical cone-like fruits which mature to red in late summer, releasing individual red coated seeds suspended on slender threads at maturity.

It is best grown in moist, organically rich, well-drained loams in full sun to part shade. Generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet). Intolerant of most urban pollutants. Best sited in locations protected from strong winds which may shred the large leaves. May take 6 or more years before first blooms appear. No serious insect or disease problems.

This is a beautiful specimen flowering tree for lawns or sheltered gardens. Provide a location where you will enjoy its stature and beauty!

We also have 2-3 gallon sizes of Magnolia ashei.

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Prices listed are subject to change, based upon size change and availability.

We are a small local nursery with limited shipping capability. We will do our best to ship smaller material (usually 1 or 2 gallon), although we can sometimes ship larger plants with the pots removed.

We have some species that are not listed, as we have too few of them to make a full listing plausible. You can always inquire.

We will consider contract growing an order with appropriate advance notice and availability of seed, cuttings or lining out stock.

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