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War_EagleJuly 29, 2014

Is this Magnolia virginiana? I have a few growing wild in the woods behind house. Thanks.

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esh_ga

Do the undersides of the leaves have a whitish look? Can you show a close up of the terminal bud (it should have already formed for next year, I think)? Whereabouts is this located (city/state)?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:46AM
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War_Eagle

Auburn, AL, zone 8

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 10:39AM
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esh_ga

Other questions that I asked ...

Do the undersides of the leaves have a whitish look? Can you show a close up of the terminal bud (it should have already formed for next year, I think)?

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 1:56PM
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War_Eagle

I will go and look this afternoon when I get home. Thanks.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 2:55PM
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lucky_p

WDE,
I grew up there in Lee Co. Could be M.virginiana - it certainly was present in the forest, and from your photo, that would be my first guess - but could also be a random seedling of M.grandiflora - there's a wide range in leaf morphology, and underneath a dense canopy, you could certainly have that sort of sparse, sprawling habit.
esh's suggestion of looking for white leaf undersides is the next step.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 4:53PM
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poaky1

It looks alot like my Mag Virginiana, I would guess that it is likely that. As for Mag grandiflora, mine has leathery wider leaves, so I am guessing it isn't grandiflora. My 2 cents.

    Bookmark   July 29, 2014 at 8:32PM
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War_Eagle

Checked last night and yes it does have a whitish grey underside....so I guess it is M. virginiana. Lucky p my early years were in E. KY....a very small town called Owingsville....about 40 or so miles N.E. of Lexington.

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 8:18AM
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lucky_p

WE.
Know it well. I have a vet school classmate from Owingsville/Sharpsburg. I visit him & his wife almost every spring on my way to a meeting in Morehead. Encountered a couple of Orem girls from there(who knew my pal Ben), on a trip to Colorado, about 10 years ago, too. Small world, ain't it?

    Bookmark   July 30, 2014 at 8:37AM
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