Magnolia is the state tree of Mississippi. It is commonly known as Southern magnolia also called evergreen magnolia, bull-bay, big-laurel, or large-flower magnolia, which is comes from the Magnoliaaceae family. Magnolia is the genus, and M. grandiflora is the species of the Mississippi state tree. Scientific name of the Magnolia is Magnolia grandiflora; The Magnolia grandiflora is native to the southeastern United States, from coastal North Carolina to central Florida, and west to East Texas and Oklahoma. It is widespread to the lowland subtropical forests on the Gulf and south Atlantic coastal plain. The Magnolia grandiflora has also been cultivated in the heater regions of the United States, on the East Coast, some of specimens can be found in the coastal areas of New Jersey, Connecticut, and Long Island, NY, it is more widely cultivated in Delaware, the Chesapeake Bay region in Maryland, and eastern Virginia. At present, magnolia grandiflora is widely cultivated in warmer areas around the world. . Mississippi is a country of rainforests rolling hills and also the land of Magnolia grandiflora, which are the state tree of Mississippi.
When a state bodies select a symbol for the state it should be represent extra ordinary design, quality, expression cultural, traditional and religious back ground, which go back thousands of years or its popularities. The Magnolia grandiflora is the most popular trees in Mississippi for its excellent beauties, sweet fragrant and abundance. That is the reason why the Magnolia grandiflora or Magnolia has been designated as the State tree of Mississippi on April 1, 1938. It is also the state tree of Louisiana and the national tree of North Korea.
Facts about Mississippi’s State Tree (Mangolia)
- Common Name: Southern magnolia also called evergreen magnolia, bull-bay, big-laurel, or large-flower magnolia
- Family: Magnoliaceae
- Genus: Magnolia
- Species: M. grandiflora
Scientific Name: Magnolia grandiflora
- Found in: Magnolia tree is comparatively common and is indigenous in North America, which occurs from North Carolina to Florida to Texas. Even though it is native range is alongside of the Coastal Plain that cans also been found as an ornamental tree all through most of the Southeast, interior foothills of the Appalachian Mountains.
- Bark: The Bark of the juvenile Magnolia trees are brown to gray, thin, and smooth but it became close plates or scales at time of its maturity.
- Leaf: The leave of the Magnolia plants are ovoid or oval in shape which are alternatively arranged. The dark green leaves are smooth and its lower part is whitish green those have light-brown fiber; There are 6 to 13 pairs of veins in each leaf, for the sometimes the lower part of the leaf being bulbous.
- Flower: The flower Magnolia trees are generating at the end of the branches. Magnolia flowers are saucer shaped and are found singly. It is typically showy, fragrant flower, which color is white, pink, purple, green, or yellow.
- Fruits: The Magnolia fruits are cone-like shaped with the length in between 2-4 inch, reddish brown color, which contains brilliant red seeds.
- Purpose: Ornamental, Aromatherapy
- Symbolism: Nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature, youth and innocence together with joy, purity and perfection, health and good fortune.
The Mississippi’s state tree Magnolia grows well in sandy soil which is half in shade (morning in sunlight and rest of the day under the shad) and contains a enormous arrangement of nourishment with a sensible amount of moisture. It also need clayey loam mixed with some aggravate. Trees of Magnolia a treeing plant that has been grows up to 5 meters in height and spread up to 4 meters. Its stems are smooth with gray-brown or gray-white in colors. The roots of the Magnolia trees can be easily damage for their fleshy forms, which requires regularly watering by reasonable quantity of water and that will be the good way for having well growth and healthy tree.
The wood of southern magnolia is hard and rather heavy, which is frequently used for making furniture, cabinets, doors, boxes and other woodworking items. It has lot of medicinal properties. The bark of the magnolia is diaphoretic, refreshment, and energizer, which are well remedy for malaria and rheumatism. The plant extracts are little alcoholic the decrease the blood pressure, generates a slight speeding up in respiration without action on the heart.
To sum up, The State tree of Mississippi, Magnolia grandiflora or Magnolia symbolizes the Nobility, perseverance, dignity and a love of nature, youth and innocence together with joy, purity and perfection, health and good fortune for Mississippi and the state spirit, pride and identity of Mississippi.