What is this tree?
This question was answered by a Durham County Extension Master Gardener volunteer.
Thank you for your question.
The flower is one from a magnolia. There are several different species of
Magnolia trees. I have included a link that describes some of the more common ones in this area.
From the picture it is difficult to tell if the leaves are whorled, alternate or opposite.
Also is it evergreen or deciduous?
I do feel that the included link should help you to narrow it down.
This next link form the University of Florida goes into some detail on a wide range of Magnolias with individual identification items.
To better assist you with this tree identification please contact our off ice at:
Durham County Extension Master Gardeners
721 Foster Street
Durham, NC 27701