Scientific Name: Magnolia grandiflora
Nativity: Southeastern United States
Named after Pierre Magnol, the physician of King Louis XIV of France. The southern magnolia is known to contain compounds that are antimicrobial and anti-fungal. Additionally, the leaves contain an appetite-suppressing compound, which may discourage animals from eating it. They also contain a toxic chemical that can kill livestock if enough is eaten. However, the fruit is commonly eaten by squirrels, rabbits, and birds. The flowers have a distinct citronella-scent when they bloom in the spring.
DBH: 9.6 inches