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Magnolia pyramidata Bartr.
USDA Symbol: mapy
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
Pyramid magnolia is a slender, semi-deciduous tree to 10-20 ft. It has 6-9 in. leaves and 3-5 in. flowers. The flowers are fragrant, showy, creamy-white and exude a strong turpentine scent.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Flower:
Fruit: Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
AL , AR , FL , GA , KY , LA , MS , SC , TX Native Distribution:
Interrupted distribution from c. SC & FL to e. TX Native Habitat:
Dense, rich wooded bluffs, ravines; uplands USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Description: Rich, acid soils.
Conditions Comments: Prune after blooming during the growing season because dormant magnolias do not easily heal.
PropagationDescription: Fresh seed sown in fall; stratified seed; semi-hardwood cuttings taken in summer
Seed Collection: When ripe, the seeds are bright red, fleshy, oily, soft on the outside and stony on the inside. Gather when ripe. Clean and store in moist sand or sphagnum moss in refrigerator. Cold, moist storage also serves at stratification.
Seed Treatment: Stored seed must be kept moist and cool which will also serve as stratification. Stratify at least 60 days.
Commercially Avail: yes
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Record Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff