|This magnolia has the largest leaves of any tree east of the Mississippi, with foliage reaching upwards of 3' in length x 18" wide. The flowers can be 18" wide, the largest flowers in the North America, and are creamy white with a purple or yellow blotch in the center. Its large delicate leaves are deciduous, but look very tropical. It grows best as an under-story tree where its large leaves are sheltered from strong winds and can gather the filtered light. This species has so much to offer that I can not describe it all. Mature size is approximately 40'High x 25'Wide.