Magnolia x soulangeana, Saucer Magnolia

Size: tree, 20-30' average height and spread at maturity

Buds: flower and vegetative buds different, flower buds large brown silky-hairy, hairs mainly short or sparse, vegetative buds small, short, pubescent

Leaves: deciduous, alternate, 3-6" long, 1.5-3" wide, simple, obovate to broad oblong, tip abruptly acuminate, margins entire, deep green, occasionally yellow or brown in fall

Twigs: stipular line competely encircles twig at each leaf scar, large circular scars on older wood represent the position of previous flowers and fruits, brown with grayish lenticels, fragrant when crushed

Flowers: monoecious, white, pink, or purplish, inside usually white with darker colors on outside, 5-10" wide, appearing before leaves

Fruit: asymmetrical aggregate of follicles up to 4" long

Bark: handsome gray, usually smooth