This section is from the book "The Gardener's Monthly And Horticulturist V18", by Thomas Meehan. See also: Four-Season Harvest: Organic Vegetables from Your Home Garden All Year Long.
Near the boundary of my lawn, on a sandy slope, is a native Magnolia acuminata, which is remarkable for its size and productiveness, and is, no doubt, at least a centennarian in age. At four feet from the ground the trunk is 16 1/2 feet in circumference, and as usual with the species, is very round, with but little diminution of size till the first branches are reached, which are about 80 feet from the ground. The top is large and spreading, and the entire height about 80 feet. A few of the branches show signs of decay, but still it bids fair to live for at least another quarter of a century. It was originally surrounded by forest, but has been standing nearly alone for fifty years.