Southern Magnolia

Magnolia grandiflora

General Information:

This large perennial, evergreen tree can grow up to 100 feet tall and produces large white flowers from April to June. It is most commonly found in lowlands and coastal woods in dry soils and partial shade. They are very cold tolerant but will lose leaves in the winter. The thick, waxy leaves are very hard to decompose, so most people chop them with a mower and recycle them back into the soil. They are relatively pest free, but seedlings are very sensitive to frost and cold weather. 

Medicinal Uses:

The bark and flower buds can be used for weight loss, digestion problems, constipation, inflammation, anxiety, stress, depression, fever, headache, stroke, and asthma. 

Did You Know:

The southern magnolia’s wood is commonly used for furniture, boxes, cabinetwork, and doors. The dried leaves are used in floral arrangements.