Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Pyramid Magnolia
Magnolia pyramidata

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, smooth, usually widest near the middle like a kite, about 5 inches long, with an ear-like base, and arranged in an umbrella-like pattern at the ends of branches. Twigs are smooth and purple-brown. Bark is smooth and brown becoming scaly on larger trees. Flowers are yellow-white and fragrant. Fruit is a cone-like aggregate of red follicles. Form is up to 20 m (65 ft) in height and 1 m (3 ft) in diameter, and the leaves are arranged like an umbrella. Pyramid magnolia is found on moist sites in southern Georgia, southern Alabama and the Florida panhandle.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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