Southern Magnolia

(Magnolia grandiflora) Broad leaved evergreen of noble proportions. Leathery, oblong leaves up to 8" long have glossy upper surfaces and rusty undersides. Richly fragrant large white blossoms are cup- shaped ( 6- 8 " across ) and open in early and mid- summer. Fruit is 4" long, heavy, rusty, exposing red seeds when ripe in fall. 100 feet max.

Slave history/living history/historic tours: near Colonial Williamsburg is Sherwood Forest Plantation, home of the 10th U.S. President, John Tyler.