Plant ID forum: A species of magnolia?

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North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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Tewhano
May 16, 2018 11:00 AM CST
I believe this is a magnolia tree but I am unable to identify what species. This is growing on the mountain side in the Linville Gorge Wilderness in North Carolina. My search on the web found two images that matched the bloom but neither identified them on their respective web page. I thank you in advance for any help in identifying this tree before I post it on my hiking web site and look stupid.


Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

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plantladylin
May 16, 2018 11:29 AM CST
I can't see the leaves on your plant very clearly so they may not be a match but my first thought was it reminded me of Chinese Witch Hazel (Loropetalum chinense)

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Perthshire. SCOTLAND. UK
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Silversurfer
May 16, 2018 11:55 AM CST


Magnolia's are hard from pics...to be accurate you need to count the tepals...(look like Petals)
It is probably Magnolia fraseri.
This is listed for the area.
See page 304 Appendix 2
http://labs.bio.unc.edu/Peet/p...


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Name: Lin Vosbury
Sebastian, Florida (Zone 10a)

Region: United States of America Deer Region: Florida Charter ATP Member Million Pollinator Garden Challenge I was one of the first 300 contributors to the plant database!
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plantladylin
May 16, 2018 12:15 PM CST
The blooms sure look like they fit for Fraser Magnolia (Magnolia fraseri) We don't have any bloom photos in our database but there are leaf photos for comparison.

If you feel Magnolia fraseri is the correct identity, I hope you will consider adding your bloom photo to our database.
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North Carolina (Zone 7b)
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Tewhano
May 16, 2018 12:43 PM CST
Thank you again Silversurfer. That was it.

Plantladylin, I have added the photo to your database.

Here is the only other photo I have which shows more of the tree. It was perched on the cliff side of the mountain and I had trouble getting a better shot than this.
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