Plant ID forum: Identifying magnolia(?) subtype

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Thomasville, GA
Dec 23, 2017 11:13 AM CST
Hi. I'm trying to identify this sapling; found it in the woods. It's green and smooth on the underside of leaves, not brown and felt-like like typical southern magnolias. But the leaves are similar in size to the grandiflora. I think I have found adult version by a local lake; grows quite tall but not thick, pyramidal shape. Thanks for your help.
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Dec 25, 2017 6:21 PM CST
That's a plain Magnolia grandiflora seedling.

Seedling variability will give you all sorts of results from parent plants - which is why nurserymen/growers make named selections and grow them from cuttings to perpetuate a desirable characteristic like heavy brown indumentum on leaf undersides, larger/more fragrant flowering, thick/pyramidal shape, compactness, dwarfness, etc. etc. etc.

Native plants you find growing in the wild will show these wide ranges of variability, while many plants you see growing in the manmade managed landscape will be much more homogenous - even identical due to the clonal nature of horticultural propagation.

Thomasville, GA
Dec 26, 2017 7:20 PM CST
Makes sense, thank you! That will help me with site selection when I replant to my yard.

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