The favorite Southern Magnolia of Charlie in Summer 2015

Name(s)

> Charlie

Tree species 

> Southern Magnolia

Location

 > Next to my garage

Narrative

My favorite tree, the Southern Magnolia, (Magnolia grandiflora) is 44 feet tall. It has a diameter (at breast height) of 14 in. Its leaves are whorled, non-toothed, and are single-lobed. In the transition between spring and summer, beautiful, white flowers bloom and smell really nice. It is located in front of my house and is split into three sections about one foot from the ground. Its bark is very rough and peels at the edges. This tree is my favorite because it is big, fun to climb, provides a lot of shade, and is beautiful to look at. My grandmother, who died in 2004, adored magnolias. She also loved the smell of the magnolia trees in the spring. The magnolia has some of the prettiest flowers I have ever seen on a tree. The flowers turn a smooth cream color and they open up like a whirlpool. They are also very soft to the touch. At this magnolia's current size, it will increase our property value by $43. It will also intercept 2,985 gallons of storm water this year. It isn't much but this tree is still young it is only a couple years old. This tree is my favorite tree for its looks, its history, and its overall benefits to the community. It is almost family to me.

Rainwater interception (gallons)

= 2985

Energy conservation (kWh)

= 60

CO2 reduction (pounds)

= 268

Overall annual benefits ($)

= 67

 

Photography

  1. The favorite Southern Magnolia of Charlie in Summer 2015