How to Draw a Magnolia Tree

In this quick tutorial you'll learn how to draw a Magnolia Tree in 5 easy steps - great for kids and novice artists.

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At the bottom you can read some interesting facts about the Magnolia Tree.

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How to Draw a Magnolia Tree - Step-by-Step Tutorial

Step 1: Start by drawing the roots. Draw a bundle of small wavy lines that go up and down.

Step 2: Next, draw the trunk of your tree. From the top of the root you drew on the far left side, draw a long straight line. Do the same from the top of the root you drew on the far right side. This is your trunk!

Step 3: Then, draw the branches. Start from where you stopped drawing your trunk and draw a long wavy line going up that is slightly slanted. Leave a space and draw another wavy line about halfway down your last line. At the bottom of your last line, draw a wavy line slightly coming out of it. Leave a space and draw another line mirroring the line you just drew but this time keep it going down to mirror the first line you drew. Repeat these steps on the other side of your tree, connecting them in the middle, but don’t draw those lines as long as your last ones.

Step 4: Now, draw the twigs coming off of the branches. Draw a long slightly wavy line coming out of one of your branches and draw a wide “V” to the end of it. These are your twigs! Draw them coming out of the top of the trunk, the branches and even other twigs.

Step 5: Finish by drawing the flowers. Draw about four teardrops in a circle shape that all connect in the middle. Draw as many as you’d like, all over the tree.

Interesting Facts about Magnolia Trees

Magnolia Trees are a flowering tree that grows naturally in Southeast Asia and the southern United States. They grow to about 80 feet tall and are very delicate to their environments. This means they are hard to move and they frost bite really easy. Magnolias are known as warm weather tree they produce large white or pink colored flowers that flatten out into disks. A Magnolia Tree can be like an evergreen with needles or round waxy green leaves. A young tree has smooth bark, but as it gets older the bark turns rough. Normally a flower so showy would produce nectar and depend on butterflies and hummingbirds. Despite the attractive flowers, the magnolia flower uses pollen to attract pollinators. Bees and beetles are the main pollinators that come to enjoy the feast.

Did you know?

  • There are 80 species of Magnolia Tree.
  • Give a Magnolia tons of room, the tree likes to spread out. Things like grass and other flowers near its base will hurt it.
  • Magnolia Trees produce cone shaped fruit that slowly releases the red coated seeds as it dries up on the tree.
  • Magnolia seeds are great snack for migrating songbirds.
  • Magnolia Trees have little trouble with garden pests such as aphids, ants, or beetles.

Theme: Introduce your students to the appeal of southern trees. Study the American South’s ecology. The lessons can include the trademark Magnolia Tree as well as some other Southern Classics like Pecan Trees and Peaches.