Big Ms Southern Magnolia

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Larry Tucei
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Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by Larry Tucei » Tue May 08, 2012 8:24 pm

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
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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by RyanLeClair » Tue May 08, 2012 8:47 pm

OMG! You nearly made me jump out of my seat, Larry. What a monster!

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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by dbhguru » Wed May 09, 2012 7:06 am

Larry,

Way bigger than any magnolia I've ever seen. A whopper!

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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by bbeduhn » Wed May 09, 2012 8:22 am

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.

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Larry Tucei
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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by Larry Tucei » Wed May 09, 2012 12:42 pm

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

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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by jamesrobertsmith » Wed May 09, 2012 1:10 pm

Good grief! That tree is HUGE! I've never seen a southern magnolia anywhere near that size.

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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by eliahd24 » Wed May 09, 2012 6:42 pm

WHAT A BEAST!! Though I grew up in the South Carolina lowcountry, I don't recall seeing Southern Mag's in a forested habitat. They take on a whole different form. Gorgeous!

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Re: Big Ms Southern Magnolia

Post by Chris » Sat May 12, 2012 11:02 pm

I have to agree with the others. What a amazing Magnolia!

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