Magnolia acuminata (L.) L.
Magnolia acuminata (L.) L. var. cordata (Michx.) Ser.
Magnolia acuminata (L.) L. var. ozarkensis Ashe
Magnolia acuminata (L.) L. var. subcordata (Spach) Dandy
Magnolia cordata Michx.
Tulipastrum acuminatum (L.) Small
Tulipastrum cordatum (Michx.) Small
Cucumber Tree, Cucumbertree, Cucumber Magnolia, Blue Magnolia
The cucumber tree is a North American native, named for its fruits’ resemblance to cucumbers.
Identification: Trees are 50-80' (15-24 m) tall, with light gray-brown flaky bark. Leaves are yellowish-green, smooth-edged, alternate, roughly oval in shape, 4½-10" (12-25 cm) × 2-4½" (6-12 cm). Some leaves taper to a point at both ends (acuminate), while others are more heart-shaped. The flowers are inconspicuous, yellowish-green in color, 2½-3" (6.3-7.6 cm) around. Fruits look like a cucumber, 2-3" (6-8 cm) long and 1½" (4 cm) around, green maturing to dark red.
Magnolia acuminata on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Magnolia acuminata at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Magnolia acuminata on Wikipedia
Magnolia acuminata at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Magnolia acuminata at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Magnolia acuminata on Plants for a Future, a resource and information centre for edible and otherwise useful plants
Magnolia acuminata at the University of Florida Environmental Horticulture site
Magnolia acuminata at the USDA Forest Service's Silvics of North America site
Magnolia acuminata on eFloras
Magnolia acuminata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.
Range: Zones 3b-8: