what is this tree

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does anyone know what this tree is? This is only photo I have of bloom but the leaves are very large ( 1 foot across) & bark is smooth green. A friend took this photo in Jackson, MS
what is this tree, gardening, landscape
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  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 17, 2012
    This is a guess, because you really can't see the shape of the leaves, but, based on the size you said, and because on the left that looks like the underside of a bloom: possibly big-leaf magnolia, Magnolia macrophylla.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Jul 17, 2012
    The Flower almost looks like a tulip Poplar....

  • Linda P Linda P on Jul 17, 2012
    Possibly an Empress Tree. Can't really tell by size of picture.

  • Jean Jean on Jul 17, 2012
    I was also thinking Tulip Poplar.

  • Stasea Stasea on Jul 17, 2012
    lady slipper family?? LARGE ONE!!

  • Barbara M Barbara M on Jul 17, 2012
    I WOULD SAY A MAGNOLIA TRIPITALIA

  • Russ S Russ S on Jul 17, 2012
    It's a Plumeria tree I have one in my backyard.

  • Dorothy H Dorothy H on Jul 17, 2012
    no way, its NOT a Plumeria Tree

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 17, 2012
    looks more like the Bigleaf Magnolia, Large-leaved Cucumber Tree (Magnolia macrophylla)...NOT the Plumeria tree

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 17, 2012
    from the friend that took the photo: This is NOT a magnolia of any kind..this is a tropical tree with very large leaves and a soft bark. Sort of like the rice paper plant some people allow.

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 17, 2012
    Thanks for the answers, but I'm still hoping for more ideas.

  • MARY T MARY T on Jul 18, 2012
    When you find out, I would like to know the best part of the country to grow these. Thanks.

  • Douglas Hunt Douglas Hunt on Jul 18, 2012
    Where was the photo taken? Is it possible for your friend to take more, so that we can at least see the shape of the leaf?

  • Barb W Barb W on Jul 18, 2012
    I'm thinking Tulip Poplar also.

  • Ana L Ana L on Jul 18, 2012
    Tulip Poplar tree bark isn't smooth though. Leaves are also different.

  • Colleen L Colleen L on Jul 18, 2012
    Take a leaf to your local plant nursery and ask.

  • JILL WOLFE JILL WOLFE on Jul 18, 2012
    TULIP POPLAR LEAVES ARE SHAPED LIKE A TULIP...SOURWOOD?

  • Leanna Anthonsen Leanna Anthonsen on Jul 18, 2012
    Sourwoods' (Oxydendron) southern-most range is N.Carolina. and the leaves are a maximum 3" wide. For sure need a more comprehensive photo to ID it.

  • Cheryl C Cheryl C on Jul 18, 2012
    We have Sourwoods all over our farm in North GA. The leaves are shiny and shaped differently. The leaves in the photo also look stiffer and have different veining They are in bloom now, with drooping clusters of fragrant white blossoms.

  • Amy Roeder Amy Roeder on Jul 18, 2012
    My guess would be Chinese parasol tree.

  • Leanna Anthonsen Leanna Anthonsen on Jul 19, 2012
    Hey Cheryl C, Thanx for the infor about Sourwood tree in N. Ga. People are always the best testament to what is and what isn't, not textbooks.

  • Delores M Delores M on Jul 21, 2012
    I would say none of us can really tell, by the size of the photo.

  • Grace F Grace F on Jul 23, 2012
    It definitely is not Tulip Poplar. The bloom is not right for tulip poplar.

  • Nancy Nancy on Jul 23, 2012
    Amy, I think you are right. I just looked at pictures of a chinese parasol tree and this picture looks just like it.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Jul 25, 2012
    Desmos sp (Red flower) -Rare variety of Ylang Ylang shrub with red flowers. Lemon candy fragrance. Delicate plant, cold sensitive, collectible. Vigorous grower once established providing warm humid conditions toptropicals.com

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 28, 2012
    new photos of this tree, notice green smooth bark, big split leaves like a maple only huge....

  • Leanna Anthonsen Leanna Anthonsen on Jul 29, 2012
    The trunk looks like a young striped maple(Acer pensylvanicum). Do the leaves have the shape of a big gooses' foot? That's another common name -goose foot maple and snakebark maple.

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Jul 29, 2012
    WOW! @Dianne...you know I was hoping the photo I found MIGHT be something you recognized...but Looks obviously different...I think Leanna Might be on the right track... What do you think?

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 30, 2012
    Chinese Parasol Tree...I think we have found it...google it & see if you agree...

  • Sharron W Sharron W on Jul 30, 2012
    The Chinese parasol tree (Firmiana simplex) has immense leaves measuring about a foot across. The picture at left shows a young cluster of leaves that are only a few inches across. Although this tree is supposed to be frost sensitive, ours never seem to be harmed by our winter temperatures, even down to the 20's. When the leaves drop in the fall, they look like brown paper bags strewn about the yard and we don't really rake them so much as just gather them up. The trunk and branches are covered with smooth bark that is a striking green, especially in the winter when the branches are bare. That's what I found along with photos so similar to yours that ummmm yep I'd say you found your tree....LOL

  • Dianne Dianne on Jul 30, 2012
    Amy Roeder was right, thanks to everyone for your help, now I know what to buy.