claypa you have put on a lot of great pics of this tree, do you have it ?.
This flower was about 12'' across, and is the only one I have seen, the grafted tree is only 5 1/2 ft and the leaves where very ragged from the wind.
No, I wish I had room for one. A couple years ago, a population of these trees was discovered in Maryland, where none were known to exist, so I went to see them. The biggest one in the U.S. turned out to be growing in Maryland, completely unknown to exist within hundreds of miles of that area. It's an interesting story:
Claypa I enjoyed reading all that, must be great to see them mature. now there are a lot of ifs here, so if it does not sell at work.and if it sets seeds, and if I am allowed them, you may have them. Regards boot
I found a "Big Leaf Magnolia" growing wild, on my property on the Cumberland Plateau, in central Tennessee about 4.5 years ago. The tree is about 15 feet tall and grows under the canopy of various hardwoods in the forest where I live. The trunk of the tree is only 1.5 inches in diameter. It is my uneducated opinion the the lack of direct sunlight is probably the reason for such a skinny "bod". This was the first year that the tree flowered with just a few flowers. I recently trimmed some of the overgrowth from the adjacent trees, to allow greater exposure to direct sunlight and I discovered another "BL" (about 3 feet tall) growing five or six feet from the larger one. I'm hoping for more blossoms next spring and for the successful growth of both the trees.
It's great to hear that you found these trees growing wild, and I hope your trimming will help fatten them up.
It would be nice to see a photo of the next flowers.
there must be a older tree somewhere close for them to be there??