Extraordinary yellow-flowered evergreen species from northern Vietnam on this collection. The trees in the wild were all small second-growth trees with mature examples nowhere in evidence. That night we slept in a nearby farmer's house with our sleeping bags on wide flooring planks of magnolia wood - mystery solved where the big trees went. Best in a sheltered spot from freezing winds.
Seed-grown from a wild collection in Winston County Alabama of this unrivaled North American tree.. This has the largest simple leaves of any native plant - up to 30" long - and let's add the flowers as well which are 8"-10' wide and rarely to 12". These fragrant soup bowls are white with rose-purplish bases and followed by showy big cone-like fruits from which red seeds hang by threads. Seriously. Rich moist soil sheltered from wind.
Small plants from wild-collected seed of this dramatic species native to the Appalachian and Blue Ridge Mountains. Drama comes in with the leaves - up to 24" long and 10" across and the white 6"-10" flowers. The flowers are scented but not pleasantly so and not enough to banish from the garden this impressive tree.
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