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An individual instance of Magnolia virginiana (sweetbay)
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This tree is easy to locate, since it is the rightmost tree up against the south side of Kirkland Hall.

Sweetbay magnolia has typical magnolia flowers: large white petals and many stamens and pistils joined in the center.  This type of flower has been considered "primitive" because it isn't adapted to any particular type of pollinator.  The leaves are leathery and white on the lower surface.

Sweetbay does not occur naturally in middle Tennessee.  The two individuals by Kirkland hall are among the largest in the state and this individual on the right is a former state champion, with a diameter of 34 cm (13 in.).

This tree is described on p. 13 of The Trees of Vanderbilt.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 2-70.

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Remarks:Described in the 1994 Trees of Vanderbilt p. 13. Former Tennessee state champion.


Magnolia virginiana


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common name: sweetbay
family: Magnoliaceae
Identified 1994 by Robert Kral


Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
Click on these geocoordinates to load a map showing the location: 36.14802°, -86.80255°
Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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whole tree (or vine) - general
bark - of a large tree
twig - winter overall
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - whole upper surface
leaf - margin of upper + lower surface
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - lateral view of flower
inflorescence - close-up of flower interior
inflorescence - close-up of flower interior

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