Plant ID forum→Help Identifying Magnolia

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Indianapolis, IN
neptune2528
Sep 29, 2019 7:14 AM CST
Hello all. I took the attached pictures outside a neighborhood in north Indianapolis. It is a type of magnolia, but I am not sure what kind. The magnolias I am familiar with around here tend to be more like big bushes rather than trees like in the attached pictures. I really like the look of these and would like to plant a couple on my property. I guess the questions would be what kind it is and, if applicable, what kind of trimming/pruning would be required to get one to grow like this?

Thanks!
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Name: Cindy
Hobart, IN zone 5
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Shadegardener
Sep 29, 2019 11:00 AM CST
Neptune - did you notice any flowers on the tree back in the spring? If so, what color? You may want to post your question over in the tree and shrub forum where it might get more attention.
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Name: John
Scott County, KY (Zone 5b)
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ViburnumValley
Sep 30, 2019 8:20 PM CST
Now, now - there's all kind of attention around here, at least once I've come in from trying to resuscitate my gasping dehydrated landscape...

That looks for all the world like one of the more commonly planted landscape magnolias for central Indiana: Magnolia x souleangeana, the Saucer Magnolia.

The large form, the big fuzzy dormant flower buds, and the general size/shape of its leaves separate it from other common magnolias that you would run across there, like Magnolia stellata and Magnolia x loebneri.

To gain that shape/habit, you just have to successfully grow it to that age after starting with a multistemmed individual, and annually pruning off some of the lower branches while they are still small in diameter.
John

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