Southern Magnolia or Bull Bay
Magnolia grandiflora L.

SYNONYMS Magnolia foetida (L.) Sarg., Magnolia virginiana var. foetida L.
FAMILY Magnoliaceae
ORDER Magnoliales
SUBCLASS Magnoliidae
CLASS Magnoliopsida
DIVISION Magnoliophyta

It is native to the South-East of the United States, from Nothern Carolina to Texas and Florida.
It is an evergreen tree, which can reach a height of 15-20 m. being cultivated. It has a wide, dense and dark top. Its trunk is short and its bark is cracked and dark-grey.
It has perennial and alternate leaves, which are grouped in ending bunches of 10-20 cm. of length and a width of 7-10 cm. They are bright green.
It has big,isolated and white flowers, they can reach a diameter of 20 cm. They appear in late spring or the beginning of summer.
Its fruit is a brown and ovoid cone of a length of 10 cm. Its seeds are red and of 1-1.3cm. (length)