Height: 20-40'; Spread: 15-35'; will vary depending on tree variety
Evergreen; spreading form; dense canopy.
Dark green, smooth, oval leaves, 4-10" long, glossy above and rust-colored beneath.
Large, white, fragrant flowers, 6-10" across, lotus-like in shape, bloom March-July.
Furry brown, cone-like seed conglomerates, 4"-6" long, form in fall and drop in winter.
Smooth, charcoal-gray bark.
In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).
- Tree Care:
Low. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age.
Any soil, fog, sun or shade, poor drainage.
- Special Considerations:
Not tolerant of heavy winds. Needs extra water in hot or windy conditions, or in sandy soil.
- Notable Traits:
Native to SE United States. Spectacular, long-lasting white, fragrant flowers and attractive foliage make this a very popular street tree. Smaller, slow-growing varieties are appropriate for beneath overhead wires.