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Bransford, W.D. and Dolphia
Magnolia fraseri Walt.
Mountain magnolia, Fraser Magnolia
USDA Symbol: MAFR
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
A tree often branched near the base, with an open crown of spreading branches, large leaves, and very large flowers.
Named for John Fraser (1750-1811), Scottish botanist, who introduced many North American plants to Europe. This species, of scattered distribution, is fairly common in the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. Planted as an ornamental for the large flowers and coarse foliage.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Leaf Complexity: Simple Leaf:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May
AL , GA , KY , NC , NY , OH , SC , TN , VA , WV Native Distribution:
W. Virginia and West Virginia south to n. Georgia; at 800-5000 (244-1524 m). Native Habitat:
Moist soils of mountain valleys in hardwood forests. USDA Native Status: L48(N)
Growing ConditionsWater Use: High
Light Requirement: Part Shade
CaCO3 Tolerance: Low
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
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Record Modified: 2009-02-18
Research By: TWC Staff