The Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) is a popular ornamental tree with a beautiful, large, white flower. It is also the State tree of Mississippi.
The flower opens up in a tulip like shape with petals that fold back to expose the developing seedpod. I kept going pack to the same trees to catch all the stages of flower development which ended up taking me several weeks as the flowers opened up a lot slower than I had expected.
The dark green leaves are about 6 inches long. They are simple in shape but are usually somewhat warped as if someone had twisted and