what is the name of the tree

I have seen this tree in a garden in Toscana, Italy, but do not know its name. Here is the photo of the cone - which is rather unusual. Does somebody know the name of the tree? Thanks in advance!
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3fpa8d4etpf1clu/%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84%D0%B8%D1%8F%20%283%29.JPG
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On 11/21/12 9:54 AM, Philipp Chapkovski wrote:

Here is the photo of the cone - which is rather unusual. Does somebody know the name of the tree?

https://www.dropbox.com/s/3fpa8d4etpf1clu/%D1%84%D0%BE%D1%82%D0%BE%D0%B3%D1%80%D0%B0%D1%84%D0%B8%D1%8F%20%283%29.JPG
It is not a cone. It is a fruit, a seed capsule.
That is likely a southern magnolia (M. grandiflora), sometimes called a "bull bay". A few other magnolias have similar fruits, but M. grandiflora is generally the most commonly planted magnolia tree. There are also magnolia bushes, but their fruits are often much more narrow.
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