Is this Magnolia virginiana? I have a few growing wild in the woods behind house. Thanks.
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)?
Auburn, AL, zone 8
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)?
I will go and look this afternoon when I get home. Thanks.
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.
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.
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.
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?