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A beautiful magnolia

Columbia's Tree and Appearance Commission recently selected this year's Treasured Trees.

For the next several weeks, we'll spotlight some of the winners on the garden page of the Your Home section.

This week, we feature the bigleaf magnolia (Magnolia macrophylla) at 930 Hampton Hill Road, Columbia.

This tree was obtained from Woodlanders Nursery in Aiken 25 to 30 years ago. It was moved three times before it became happy where it was planted, according to its owners, Eleanor and Bill Pope.

This magnolia usually is found in parks or on school campuses because of its large size and the coarseness of its leaves, which average 21 inches long. The leaves look like green and gray paper when they fall to the ground in autumn.

The bigleaf magnolia is native to the lower South and has creamy, fragrant blooms in May and June that are 8-10 inches tall, followed by a reddish seed cone. Eleanor Pope said when her children were younger, they used leaves from the tree to make Indian head dresses or sewed the leaves together to make a cape, skirt or rabbit ears.

The tree was nominated by Eleanor and Bill Pope.


Do you know a tree you think is special? Nominate it as a Treasured Tree.

Applications are being accepted for 2010, and winners will be announced next fall.

Information: Columbia's Division of Forestry and Beautification, (803) 545-3860 or http://columbiasc.net/forestry.