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NTS, I visited an old tree friend of mine the Big Southern Magnolia in Green Co., Ms. For the newer members I first saw this great tree in the mid 90's after reading an article in the Ms Outdoors Magazine that stated it was one of the largest Magnolia's in the South. After Hurricane Katrina in 05 I had to go and make sure the tree survived the storm- glad to see it made it. What was amazing as you see in the first photo many trees around it went down but it remained steadfast. I was new to measuring trees back then and got 18' 6" CBH, but that was at the bottom of the slope. The height in 06 I got was 115'. I went back to the tree in 2008 and my latest visit was monday. I remeasured the CBH at mid-slope on Monday and got 17' 7"- the height was 111' but I don't believe I reached the top. The insects and humidity were not kind to me. I also measured the low point like I did in 06 and got 18' 6" again. The photos are in 06, 08, and 12. The great tree is looking good and hopefully will be around for sometime for others to enjoy. Larry
I had no idea they even came close to that girth or height. The biggest ones I've seen are doubles or triples...and they don't even come close to that girth. Those shots look like exotic trees from a South american rainforest! Gorgeous fluting...with a little twist.
Thanks guys- Yeah it should be the National Champion one trunk and not a clump of trees. The tree is located in De Soto NF, sadly it doesn't get the recognition or care for a Magniolia of its caliber. But I sure love to visit it. On my 2008 visit I cleaned up around the tree. Larry