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This is a contributing entry for Treetops and Tombstones: Charlotte's Super Natural Arboretum and only appears as part of that tour.Learn More.
This iconic southern tree has large, lustrous dark green leaves with a soft, rusty underside. Although an evergreen tree, some leaves are shed each fall. The large, creamy white flowers have a lemony fragrance. Large, woody seed pods support multiple red, bean-shaped seeds are shed in the fall. Fossils have revealed that magnolia plants existed at least 20 million years ago.

Southern Magnolia Leaf

Terrestrial plant, Flowering plant, Fruit tree, Flower

Southern Magnolia Flower

Flower, Plant, Petal, Terrestrial plant