This tree is in the Magnoliaceae family and is native to Missouri. The cucumber tree is named by its cucumber-like fruit. The fruit is 2″ to 3″ long, slightly curved, and cylindrical, and to add to the cucumber appearance, the immature fruit is also green.
This is a deciduous tree with a straight trunk and pyramidal crown, and the first blooms come out after 12 years or more. Unlike the majority of Magnolia species, these flowers are not very showy; instead, they are much smaller and dark red. This Magnolia, however, is one of the largest, and can reach nearly 100 feet in ideal conditions. Naturally it loves living in subxeric forests, or extremely dry forests. It is often found on dry, rocky slopes for this reason.
|Common Name||Cucumber Tree Magnolia|
|Latin Name||Magnolia acuminata|