Plant ID forum: Mystery tree

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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 25, 2017 3:35 PM CST

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Name: stone
near Macon Georgia (USA) (Zone 8a)
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stone
Sep 25, 2017 3:55 PM CST
Magnolia macrophylla?
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islander
Sep 25, 2017 8:44 PM CST
I agree
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Name: Keith
West Babylon, NY (Zone 7a)
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keithp2012
Sep 25, 2017 10:43 PM CST
That looks like it! Are they rare?
Name: John
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ViburnumValley
Sep 26, 2017 10:16 PM CST
keithp2012:

You don't mention where this plant is growing. Nonetheless...

Magnolia macrophylla will have leaves with subcordate to auriculate (ear-lobed) bases - which this plant does NOT appear to demonstrate.

The leaves pictured look like they have a tapered base, which fits better with another large-leaved Magnolia species like Magnolia tripetala - Umbrella Magnolia. This species has glabrous (smooth) buds, which your image seems to display.

Magnolia macrophylla has large tomentose (fuzzy) buds - not evident from your singular picture.

While neither species is particularly common, they are not rare.
John

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