Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Magnoliales
Dig deeper at SERNEC, a consortium of southeastern herbaria.
You may enjoy reading South Carolina's Native Magnolias by Richard B. Figlar.
You may also want to check Trees, Shrubs, and Woody Vines of North Carolina
Learn more about Magnolia from the Vascular Plants of North Carolina.
Southern Magnolia, Bull Bay
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February Greenville County SC
Buds have brown hairs, per Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide.
JK Marlow jkm0306b_10
June Greenville County SC
Flowers 7-8" across on stout hairy stalks, very fragrant, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
Paul Thompson pstmagnolia_grandiflora
Note brown pubescence on young twigs, buds, petioles, and leaf undersides. — Clemson Extension
COMPARE leaves of Magnolia species
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Seeds bright red, each suspended from follicle by a slender elastic thread, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
COMPARE fruits that are an aggregate of follicles
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October Greenville County SC
Fruit a pubescent, cone-like aggregate of follicles, rosy red at maturity, per Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide.
Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC
Common (rare in Piedmont, rare in NC)
Look for it in maritime forests, mesic Coastal Plain bluffs & flats, bottomlands, now also widely naturalized, spreading from cultivation into wet to mesic forests, per Weakley's Flora
Aggregate of follicles
TO LEARN MORE about this plant, look it up in a good book!
- Gardening with Native Plants of the South p036
- Gardening with the Native Plants of Tennessee p298
- Guide to the Wildflowers of SC p352
- Identifying Trees: An All-Season Guide to Eastern North America p252
- Landscaping with Native Trees p150
- Native Trees of the Southeast, An Identification Guide p237
- Trees of the Southeastern United States p106
- Wildflowers of the Carolina Lowcountry p089
- Wild Flowers of NC, 1st edition p071
- Wild Flowers of NC, 2nd edition p084
- Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge p32
- Woody Plants of the Southeastern US: A Winter Guide p206
- Wildflowers of the Sandhills Region p167