Although not all of the Vanderbilt's magnolias have been measured, this tree is probably the largest one in the arboretum. It is one of a set of three large southern magnolias that stand in front of Buttrick Hall. Although it would appear that these trees were planted as part of the landscaping for Buttrick, they are much older than that building. In photos taken soon after Buttrick Hall was built
, these trees can already be seen over the top of the building. They were actually planted along the road that once passed by the giant Wesley Hall that formerly stood in the center of what is now Library Lawn. This largest of the three (second one north of the Buttrick entry walk) has a diameter of 134.5 cm (53 in.), height of 25 m (82 ft.), and crown spread of 18 m (58 ft).
Southern magnolias are unmistakable. Their large, fragrant flowers
are recognized in the scientific name: Magnolia grandiflora
and the large, shiny, evergreen leaves
make the species immediately recognizable year round.