What might it be?
My wife and I bought an 150 year old house about a year ago and have been working on the renovation ever since. At times, we have concentrated on the yard in order to try to save some of the priceless trees and shrubs that were neglected in the past few years when the previous owner was unable to do much at all to take care of the place. I've now managed to catalog most everything there is around the property, but there is one tree that still escapes me.
It is obvioulsy either directly or closely related to the magnolias. The flowers and fruits look very much like anything else you'd see from the family. White to creamy white, hand-sized blooms. It has light gray, fairly smooth bark. The tree is around thirty feet tall, multi-trunked, with a funky, irregular shape. The leaves are probably the most distinctive feature; being around 24 inches long and about six to eight wide, and sort of soft and fleshy. It is deciduous.
Right now, other than taking down a few dead branches it is seems to be in good shape, so my curiosity is just that.
Thanks in advance for any help y'all may be able to proffer!
Cheers and Fairwinds,