Magnolia grandiflora, Southern Magnolia

Size: tree, 60-80' average height at maturity, 30-50' spread

Buds: terminal (flower) bud .75-1.25" long with brownish, dense, woolly pubescence

Leaves: evergreeen, alternate, 5-10" long, width often less than half the length

Twigs: first year's growth often coarse with brownish woolly pubescence (however pubescence not always present), sometimes small vertical lenticels present

Flowers: perfect, 8-12" wide, fragrant, white

Fruit: 3-5" long, cylindrical aggregate of follicles (appears cone-like), seeds bright orange-red

Bark: smooth, gray (older trees may develop large scaly plates)