TREASURE TREES

#043 Big Leaf Magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla)

At one time this Bigleaf Magnolia was named as the state champion, or the biggest known specimen in the state. It has since been replaced as champion by two other specimens in the state. Regarding measurements, the total points figure before Hurricane Hugo (1989) was 111. The tree was re-measured in 1992 to see the impact of Hugo and had a total figure of 84 points.

Statistics (1990/2018)

  • Circumference (In.): 36"/74"
  • Height (Ft.): 39'/65'
  • Avg. Crown Spread (Ft.): 35'/55'
  • Total Points: 84/153

More Information

  • Nominated By: Tom Martin and Joe McLaurin
  • Year Added: 1990
  • Owned By: Myers Park Civil Commission
  • Current condition: Good
  • Neighborhood: Myers Park
  • Property Type: Public Park
  • Nearest Address: 501 Hermitage Rd.
  • Ecological Value: The Bigleaf Magnolia has the largest leaves and flowers of any tree in North America. It’s rarely used in landscapes due to the size of its leaves, the largest of which can exceed 30 inches. This tree is also particular about its conditions and appears in wooded river valleys in the southeastern United States.
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