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Magnolia tripetala (L.) L.

Magnolia umbrella Desr.

Magnolia umbrella Desr. var. tripetala (L.) P. Parm.

Magnolia virginiana L. var. tripetala L.

Umbrella tree

KingdomPlantaePlants, but not fungi, lichens, or algae
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

About plant names...

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.

Online References:

Magnolia tripetala on www.carolinanature.com

Magnolia tripetala on floridata.com

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 plants.ces.ncsu.edu

Magnolia tripetala on www.treetopics.com

Magnolia tripetala on eFloras

Magnolia tripetala (umbrella tree)

12/12/2020 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts

Magnolia tripetala description by Thomas H. Kent, last updated 25 May 2020.

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Magnolia tripetala (umbrella tree)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 10 × 6" (24 × 16 cm)

Magnolia tripetala (umbrella tree)

6/22/2017 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts
≈ 31 × 21" (78 × 52 cm)

Magnolia tripetala (umbrella tree)

5/22/2010 · Garden in the Woods, Framingham, Mass­a­chu­setts


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