Magnolia virginiana

Family: Magnoliaceae

Form: Evergreen tree, reaching 25-50’

Leaves: Simple, elliptic, alternate, entire, silvery leaf undersides

Stem/Bark: Gray, smooth bark

Flower: White, fragrant, solitary with up to 12 petals

Fruit: Cone-like aggregate of follicles holding red seeds

Comments: One of 6 Magnolia species native to Florida ; A related ornamental species, Magnolia grandiflora, has similar but larger flowers and leathery leaves with rusty-brown tomentose below.