This tree is in the Magnoliaceae family and is native to Missouri; another common name is cucumber tree. The cucumber tree is named by its cucumber-like fruits (seedcones) after the flowers.
|Name||Cucumber Tree Magnolia|
|Latin Name||Magnolia acuminata
|Color of Leaf||Dark green, yellow-brown in fall|
|Shape of Leaf||Simple, alternating with entire leaf margins, 4-10″ long|
|Color of Flower||Yellow-green|
|Shape of Flower||Large, tulip-like|
|Fruit Characteristics||2-3″ long aggregate, green warty seedcones|
|Bark Characteristics||Gray and smooth when young, becomes shallowly furred|
This is a deciduous tree with straight trunk and pyramidal crown. The first blooms come out after 12 years or more. This tree always produces bright colors in the fall. Unlike the majority of Magnolia cultivars, these flowers are not very showy, and instead are smaller, maturing to a dark red color. This Magnolia however, is one of the largest, and can reach nearly 100 feet in ideal conditions.