State Tree and Flower


Southern Magnolia (Magnolia grandiflora) tree as seen on the Mississippi State University campus.

This tree is #4 on the Campus Tree Trail.


(Magnolia grandiflora)

Designated as State Tree in 1938.

Native to the southern United States, the magnolia tree has long been an iconic symbol of Mississippi, thus giving rise to our nickname, “The Magnolia State.”  An election was held in 1935 to determine the state tree of Mississippi.  The magnolia handily beat the other nominees and in 1938 the legislature passed the resolution to make the Southern Magnolia our state tree.  

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State Tree and Flower