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Magnolia acuminata

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

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae (from Stearn’s Botanical Latin)
SubkingdomTracheobiontaVascular plants—plants with a “circulatory system” for delivering water and nutrients
DivisionMagnoliophytaFlowering plants, also known as angiosperms
ClassMagnoliopsidaDicotyledons—plants with two initial seed leaves
SubclassMagnoliidaeIncludes magnolias, nutmeg, bay laurel, cinnamon, avocado, black pepper, and many others
OrderMagnolialesIncludes the custard apple family, magnolia family, nutmeg family, and others
FamilyMagnoliaceaeMagnolia family
GenusMagnoliaNamed for French botanist Pierre Magnol
Speciesacuminata“Having a long tapering point”

About plant names...

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.

Online References:

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 (Cucumber Tree, Cucumbertree, Cucumber Magnolia, Blue Magnolia)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Magnolia acuminata description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 15 Oct 2013.

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Magnolia acuminata (Cucumber Tree, Cucumbertree, Cucumber Magnolia, Blue Magnolia)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA

Magnolia acuminata (Cucumber Tree, Cucumbertree, Cucumber Magnolia, Blue Magnolia)

9/7/2010 · Tower Hill Botanic Garden, Boylston, MA
≈ 15 × 10" (39 × 26 cm)

Range: Zones 3b-8:

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