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An individual instance of Magnolia grandiflora (southern magnolia)
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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.

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This organism is a living specimen that is part of the  Vanderbilt University Arboretum  with the local identifier 4-487.

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Magnolia grandiflora


sec. 1993

common name: southern magnolia
family: Magnoliaceae
Identified 2014-08-26 by Steven J. Baskauf


east of Buttrick Hall, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Davidson County, Tennessee, US
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Coordinate uncertainty about: 10 m.

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Flora of North America Editorial Committee, eds., 1993. Flora of North America North of Mexico. Flora of North America Association, New York, NY, US and Oxford, UK.

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