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Cucumber Magnolia

Magnolia acuminata

Seneca Name


Common Name



Earth is Our Mother Trail

GPS Coordinates

N 42°58.091' W077°25.291'

The cucumber magnolia is a tree with a straight trunk (60-80') and a narrow crown of short upright branches. The leaves are elliptical or ovate (5-10" long, 3-6" wide). The leaves are green and hairless on the top and are paler beneath often with soft hairs. The Fall leaf color is a dull yellow or brown. The bark is dark brown and furrowed. Like other magnolias, this tree has large (2.5 - 3.5" wide) flowers in the Spring. The flowers have 6 yellow-green or bright yellow petals. The shape of the fruit, which is 2.5-3" long and is dark red and conelike, gives this tree its common name.

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