Magnolia ‘Southern’ is most commonly thought of in the Deep South, but Southern Magnolia can be grown just fine here in East Tennessee.
It produces huge white flowers in late spring with a wonderful fragrance, with a few sporadic blooms through summer.
Around here they typically grow about 30-50 feet tall and 20-30 feet wide.
They are quite adaptable to many soil types, as long as they have sunshine for most of the day.
It is recommended that the lower branches never be cut off. They drop seed pods and/or leaves all year and those low branches cover up the mess.