Southern Magnolia is grown throughout the world as a fine ornamental tree. Besides its large evergreen leaves, it is revered for the sweet fragrance of its ivory-colored flowers. A primitive plant group, magnolia flowers are pollinated by beetles. The genus Magnolia honors French botanist Pierre Magnol, who died having never seen any of these spectacular plants which commemorates his name. Highly variable from seed the selected and named clones make the best ornamental subjects.