Magnolia grandiflora or Southern magnolia is a species adapted to warmer climates making it interesting to monitor in the context of climate change. It is also a tree with great ornamental value and can be found in gardens around Dublin. It is considered a culturally and economically important species, valued as a source of medicine, food, poison, materials [1]. The presence of species from the Magnolia family in the fossil record also allows for comparing the responses to environmental changes between present and past species. It is also a species that is widely researched globally, with more than 200 of its features being studied, as retrieved from relevant databases.

The tree at the garden has an individual value, as a fine specimen tree from the collection.

1. POWO (2022). “Plants of the World Online. Facilitated by the Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew. Published on the Internet; Retrieved 27 July 2022.”


Microscope image of leaf surface showing particulate pollution

Stomatal Conductance

Particulate Matter