Magnolia grandiflora is a evergreen tree found in areas such as South-eastern N. America - North Carolina to Florida and Texas. A member of the Magnoliaceae family, Magnolia grandiflora L does not go by a known (to us) common name. The tree can grow to a height of 10 meters and up to 10 meters wide. The preferred habitat of Hammocks, sand dunes, buffs and sandy bottoms[72]. Rich moist soils[227]. Always found in lowland areas, never above 105 metres altitude[229], with LMH soil and SN moisture levels. .

The plant is a zone 6 hardy plant that has medicinal uses - the medicinal usage rating of is 2The bark is diaphoretic, stimulant, tonic[46, 61, 240]. It is used in the treatment of malaria and rheumatism[240]. A decoction has been used as a wash and a bath for prickly heat itching[257]. The decoction has also been used as a wash for sores and as a steam bath for treating dropsy[257]. An alcoholic extract of . The plant reduces the blood pressure, produces a slight acceleration in respiration but has no action on the heart[240].

Magnolia grandiflora is 1 plant, whose flowers bloom typically in 6 - 9, and which is pollinated by Beetles.

The plant has an edibility rating of 2The flowers are pickled in some parts of England and are considered to have an exquisite flavour[2, 183]. They are also said to be used as a spice and a condiment[183].

Cultivation tips: Best grown in a warm position in a moderately rich
free soil of an open texture[1]. Tolerates moderately limey soils[200, 202] so long as they are deep and rich in humus[188]. The branches are brittle so a sheltered position is required[200]. Another part of the same book says that this species is fairly wind-resistant[200]. Succeeds in full sun or semi-shade[219]. Plants are hardy to about -10°c[200]. The fleshy roots are easily damaged and any transplanting is best done during a spell of mild moist weather in late spring[182]. A very ornamental plant[1], a number of named forms have been developed[200]. The flowers are very large (up to 25 centimeters across) and have a delicious and very powerful scent[202, 245]. This is perhaps the most strongly scented flower in the world[245]. They can be produced in trees as young as 10 years old[229]. The form 'Exmouth Variety' (also known as elliptica) produces its flowers when younger than the species, these flowers have a refreshing lemon scent[245]. There is no main flush of flowering, instead the flowers open intermittently throughout the summer[K]. Plants do not normally need pruning, any cutting out of dead wood etc is best carried out in July[219].

. The plant should best be propagated by Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. Stored seed must be kept cold over the winter and should be sown in late winter in a cold frame[200]. The seed usually germinates in the spring but it can take 18 months. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots when they are large enough to handle and grow them on in light shade in a cold frame or greenhouse for at least their first winter. They can be planted out into their permanent positions when they are more than 15 centimeters tall, though should be well mulched and given some protection from winter cold for their first winter or two outdoors. Layering in early spring[200].

The flowers are pickled in some parts of England and are considered to have an exquisite flavour[2, 183]. They are also said to be used as a spice and a condiment[183].