What Makes Alexandria Beautiful: Tree Edition

The State Champion Star Magnolia tree, located at Wilkes St & Hamilton Lane, is beautiful in the spring! Photo courtesy @cohen9497.

By Steve Cohen, ABC

Alexandria, VA – Alexandria is the home of a “State Champion” Star Magnolia tree which is beautiful this time of year. The tree is located at Wilkes & Hamilton (600 S. Hamilton Lane) near the Alexandria National Cemetery.  The botanical name is Magnolia Stellata and this particular magnolia species produces distinctive blooms with clusters of long petals. It features extremely fragrant star-shaped snow-white flowers in early spring, upright and multi-stemmed with neat foliage. Typically, the Star Magnolia will grow to be about 15-20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet and a low canopy. Magnolias grow at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more! Please check out this beauty in our neighborhood!

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