Bigleaf Magnolia - Magnolia macrophylla
A medium-sized tree with big leaves (the largest of any North American magnolia), this species is a southern tree, most common in Mississippi and Alabama where it grows on moist sites away from the coast. Up to 3 feet in length, the leaves have small lobes at the base and are elliptic and lack teeth. Shade tolerant when young, the trees grow best in full sun when mature. The flowers are very large, creamy-white in color, with 9 tepals and fragrant. Regeneration of this rare species is slow, and the trees are not particularly long-lived. Collection has contributed to its rarity.