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Magnolia, Cucumber or Cucumbertree

Magnolia acuminata

Magnoliaceae - Magnolia

Description

Leaves: Alternate; simple; broadly elliptic to ovate; 6" to 10" long; 4" to 6" wide; deciduous; acuminate apex; yellow- green and glabrous above; paler and glabrous or slightly hairy beneath; thin; petiole 1" to 1-1/2" long.

Twigs/buds: Twigs fairly stout; glossy; brown to red-brown; spicy odor when crushed.  Terminal buds about 1/2" to 3/4" long, covered with silvery, silky hairs; lateral buds smaller.

Flowers/fruit: Flowers perfect, 2" to 3" long, non-showy, yellow-green; appearing in May or June after the leaves open.  Fruit an aggregate of follicles; 2" to 3" long; held upright; seeds red, about 1/2" long, suspended from slender threads at maturity.

Bark: Brown; furrowed into narrow flaky ridges.

Wood: Important; one of the three commercial magnolia species; similar to yellow-poplar (L. tulipifera); pale, hard; used for furniture, pulpwood, framing, pallets, boxes, blinds, veneer, doors, and millwork.

General: Native to the Appalachian region and the lower Mississippi and Ohio River valleys.  Shade intolerant.

Landscape Use: Can be planted in Utah but seldom is.  Fairly large tree with attractive flowers.  Zones 3- 8.

Cultivars: 'Butterflies', DC-4', 'Elba', 'Elizabeth', 'Ellen', 'Evamaria', 'Fertile Myrtle', 'Gold Crown', 'Golden Girl', 'Golden Glow', 'Golden Pond', 'Goldfinch', 'Goldstar', 'Green Beret', 'Hattie Carthan', 'Ivory Chalice', 'Klassen', 'Koban Dori', 'Large Yellow', 'Laser', 'Legend', 'Limelight', 'Moegi Dori', 'Ontario', 'Patriot', 'Peachy', 'Seiju', 'Sundance', 'Sunray', 'Ultimate Yellow', 'Variegata', 'Woodsman', 'Yellow Bird', 'Yellow Fever', 'Yellow Garland', 'Yellow-Green #1', 'Yellow Lantern'.

Characteristics

General

Family:
Magnoliaceae - Magnolia
Cultivar Availability:
Yes
Hardiness Zone:
3-8
Type:
Broadleaf
Utah Native:
No

Growth

Growth Rate:
Medium
Mature Height:
High
Longevity:
High
Is Good Under Power Lines:
No
Crown Shape:
Oval

Ornamental

Bark:
No
Fall Color:
No
Flowers:
Yes
Foliage:
No
Fruit:
Yes

Tolerence

Shade:
Medium
Salt:
Medium
Drought:
Low
Poor Drainage:
Low
Alkalinity:
Medium
Transplanting:
Low