(6)7 to 9(10)
60 to 80 ft.
30 to 50 ft.
Densely pyramidal, low-branching, stately evergreen tree.
Full sun or partial shade
be rich, porous, acidulous and well-drained
Perfect, creamy white, beautifully fragrant (better than the best perfume), 8 to 12 inches in diameter, solitary, in May and June; sporadically thereafter
Rose-red, aggregate of follicles, 3 to 5 inches long, splitting open to expose the red seeds; usually ripen in September through November
Specimen, widely used and planted in the southern states; needs room to develop; a very worthwhile and handsome tree; have seen it used as a screen, grouping and hedge; an almost indispensable part of the southern garden heritage; Yankees would kill to be able to grow this tree
Native habitat is North Carolina to Florida, Arkansas and Texas. Cultivated 1734
Essentially problem free.
Leaves are lustrous dark green above, lighter green below and often ferrugineous (rusty) pubescent beneath.