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this is a tree in a park in Hong Kong. All the trees around it have their species labelled, but unfortunately this one does not. Please can anyone identify it?

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It's a Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia), distinctive from its height, inverted pyramid shape, spotty bark and large leaves. The bark is almost like a beech, smooth. I can see why you might think it was an elm, the vase shape is somewhat similar. This type of tree can grow to 120 feet, superb flowers (if you can see them at that altitude) and useful hard wood.

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  • Omg, wow, thanks! Are you sure? – Johan88 May 14 at 15:06
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    In this world nothing is true except that which is true by definition. The way this site works is that a person who has a different identification is welcome to post it, with the requirement that they specify why they have a different candidate in mind, showing why my contribution is wrong and theirs is superior. Then readers get to vote. Hopefully, the aggregate view leans towards the truth. – Colin Beckingham May 14 at 15:57
  • If it's MG hopefully it will bloom soon. – Johan88 May 14 at 16:02
  • I agree with the Magnolia ID. I just went out to look at a few of mine, I thought the bark was smoother. But mine look just like that except for many Yellow Belly Sapsucker scars. The fork/crotch is unusual , normally they have a single trunk. – blacksmith37 May 14 at 21:03

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