Magnolia tripetala (L.) L.
Magnolia virginiana L. var. tripetala L.
Umbrella trees are North American natives, common on the slopes of the Appalachian Mountains.
Identification: Trees are 15-40' (4.6-12 m) tall. Leaves are very large—12-24" (30-60 cm)—an uniquely shaped, in six-leaved whorls at branch tips that look like ribs of an umbrella. Showy, creamy white flowers, 3-5" (7.6-12 cm) around, appear above the leaf whorls. They have an unpleasant odor. Fruits look a little like cones in shape, and are 4-6" (10-15 cm) long.
Magnolia tripetala on Carolina Nature, from Will Cook
Magnolia tripetala on FLORIDATA
Magnolia tripetala at the Vanderbilt University Bioimages web site
Magnolia tripetala at the University of Connecticut Plant Database
Magnolia tripetala at the Virginia Tech Department of Forest Resources and Environmental Conservation
Magnolia tripetala on Erv Evans' site at the North Carolina State University College of Agriculture and Life Sciences
Magnolia tripetala on www.treetopics.com
Magnolia tripetala on eFloras
Magnolia tripetala description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 16 Aug 2013.
Range: Zones 5-8: