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Redondo takes a Northwest detour 

Los Angeles Times - Jan 13 12:32 AM
With one of its top players out of the lineup, Redondo's grueling five-day schedule begins in earnest Saturday as the reigning Bay League girls' basketball champion, ranked No. 2 in the Southland by The Times, heads out of state.
Obituaries, Jan. 13, 2007 
djournal.com - Jan 13 6:08 AM
JACKSON - Kathryn Greene Jones, 78, died Wednesday, Jan. 10, 2007, at the University Medical Center. She was born Dec. 22, 1928, in Booneville to Roy and June B. Greene. She grew up in Booneville and attended Booneville High School.

Chronology: Important manatee protection dates in Citrus County history 
St. Petersburg Times - Jan 11 4:10 AM
NOV. 15, 1980: First manatee sanctuaries are put in place in Kings Bay area including sanctuaries on the south side of Banana Island, at Sunset Shores and in half of the Magnolia Springs Canal.

Saturday, January 13, 2007 
The Meridian Star - Jan 12 10:05 PM
HATTIESBURG — Services for Zoe Edith McDaniel Payne will be held Sunday, at 2 p.m. at Jones & Son Funeral Home Chapel with the Rev. Robert Emmett Payne, Jr. of Forest Avenue Cumberland Presbyterian Church in Gadsden, Ala., officiating. Burial will be in Roseland Park Cemetery.

- Southren Magnolia

Here is an article on Southern Magnolia.

iSouthern Magnolia

Southern Magnolia foliage and flower
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
Division: Magnoliophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Magnoliales
Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia
Species: M. grandiflora
Binomial name
Magnolia grandiflora
L.

The Southern magnolia, also known as bull bay, is a magnolia native to the southeastern United States, from coastal North Carolina south to central Florida, and west to East Texas. It is a medium to large tree 20-30 m tall with a striking appearance, both in leaf and in bloom.

The leaves are evergreen, simple and broadly ovate, 12-20 cm long and 6-12 cm broad, with smooth margins. They are dark green, stiff and leathery, and often scurfy underneath with yellow-brown pubescence. They will bronze, blotch, and burn in severe winters at the northern limits of cultivation, but most still cling until they are replaced by new foliage in the spring. In climates where the ground freezes, winter sun appears to do more damage than the cold itself. In the northern hemisphere the south side of the tree will experience more leaf damage than the north side of the tree. Two extremes are known, with leaves white underneath and with leaves brown underneath. The brown varieties are claimed to be more cold-hardy than the white varieties, but this does not appear to be proven as yet.

The large, showy, citronella-scented flowers are white, up to 30 cm across and fragrant, with 6-12 petals with a waxy texture, emerging from the tips of twigs on mature trees in late spring.

The seeds of a southern magnolia.

Cultivation and uses

Southern magnolia is a very popular ornamental tree throughout the southeastern United States, grown for its attractive foliage and flowers. On the east coast of the United States, cold-hardy cultivars have been seen planted up to and even north of the Ohio River, where large tree specimins become increasingly more rare and eventually are only found as shubs before disappearing altogether from the landscape. It is seen in some gardens as far north as Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; farther north it is extremely rare. Towards the northern limit of its cultivation, it may suffer dieback from very hard freezes, but weathers normal freezes well. On the west coast it is commonplace as far north as Vancouver, British Columbia.

A cluster of leaves

As newer cultivars have been found to be more cold hardy, the cultivated range has continued to spread farther north with some being planted around Chicago. 'Bracken's Brown Beauty' 'Edith Bogue' and '24 Below' are some of the most cold hardy varieties.

Southern magnolia is the state tree of Mississippi.

External links

  • Magnolia grandiflora images at bioimages.vanderbilt.edu
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