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Southern Magnolia Magnolia grandifolia
STABLE HARDWOOD WITH TINGE OF GREEN
The state tree of Mississippi, the southern magnolia is particularly stable and can be machined easily and accurately, which makes it ideal for the production of venetian blind slats, louvers and moldings. Otherwise it is used as a utility lumber and sometimes for furniture and cabinetmaking, as it is easy to use and finish. It seasons well but is not durable. Logs exhibiting mineral streaks are often sliced into decorative veneer. Magnolia is quite similar in appearance and use to tuliptree (Liriodendron tulipifera), but a little harder and more consistent in color.

KEY CHARACTERISTICS
Type Temperate hardwood
Other names Magnolia, bat tree, big laurel, bullbay, great laurel magnolia, mountain magnolia, evergreen magnolia
Related species M. virginiana
Sources United States
Color Pale tan or straw, with greenish hue and occasional purple streaks; narrow yellow sapwood
Texture Uniformly medium
Grain Straight
Hardness Fairly hard, and relatively strong
Weight Medium (35 lb./cu. ft.) (560 kg/cu. m)

AVAILABILITY AND SUSTAINABILITY
Magnolia is not expensive, but is more readily available through wholesalers for mass production than through retail outlets. It does not appear to be vulnerable, and we have not found certified supplies.



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