Magnolia pyramidata W. Bartram
Magnoliaceae (Magnolia Family)
Synonym(s): Magnolia fraseri ssp. pyramidata, Magnolia fraseri var. pyramidata
USDA Symbol: MAPY
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.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial
Leaf Complexity: Simple
Size Class: 12-36 ft.
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White
Bloom Time: Mar , Apr , May , Jun
DistributionUSA: 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
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
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Mt. Cuba Center - Hockessin, DE
BibliographyBibref 298 - Field Guide to Texas Trees (1999) Simpson, B.J.
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Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Magnolia pyramidata in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Magnolia pyramidata in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Magnolia pyramidata
MetadataRecord Modified: 2015-11-10
Research By: TWC Staff