D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

 D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

Common Names

  • Southern Magnolia
  • Bull Bay
  • Evergreen Magnolia
  • Loblolly Magnolia
  • Great Laurel Magnolia

Scientific Names

  • Magnolia grandiflora
  • Magnoliaceae family
Basic Landscape Attributes
Height Range: 
35-50 ft. height
Fall Colors: 
Flowers give way to spherical cone-like fruiting clusters, These clusters release individual rose-red coated seeds on slender threads
Width Range: 
20-35 ft. spread
Flower Type: 
Fragrant, large white flowers, typically with six petals
Leathery, evergreen, ovate/elliptic leaves
D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

History of
the Tree Species

  • Native to moist wooded areas in Southeastern U.S. (North Carolina to Texas).
  • Blooms used by florists for decorative purposes.
  • Wood used for furniture, boxes, cabinetry, and doors.

Basic Growing Conditions

  • Full sun to partial shade
  • Medium water needs
  • Performs best in moist, rich, well-drained soul
  • Not tolerant of extreme soil conditions
  • Not tolerant of urban pollutants
D.D. Blanchard Magnolia
D.D. Blanchard Magnolia

Scientific Facts

  • Flower petals are edible, though flavor is intense and tastes similar to how they smell
  • Not typically eaten raw, petals often pickled, diced, and used in salads
  • Bark is a diaphoretic, stimulant, and tonic
  • Bark used in treatment of malaria and rheumatism
  • Decoction has been used as a wash for sores and bath for prickly heat itching
  • Alcoholic extract of plant may reduce blood pressure

Location on tree on Shelby Ave: