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. To learn more about the story of this tree, go to its history page
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.