The Magnolia, Cucumber tree, Magnolia acuminata, is a little known tree that has considerable landscape merit!
It has a very regular, pyramidal form with a strong central leader as a young tree, and then becomes rounded with age. Unlike most magnolias, the flowers are not showy. The 2" to 3" perfect, slightly fragrant greenish-yellow flowers bloom high upon the tree in May to early June; emerge after the tree is in leaf. They are not very noticeable because they blend into the foliage and may not be produced until the tree is fairly old.
The fruit looks somewhat like a small, bumpy cucumber and turns pinkish red in late summer. Songbirds, squirrels and mice eat the seeds. With a medium to fast growth rate, Cucumber Magnolia is an exceptional tree for large properties and prefers moist, deep, acid soil and full sun.
A medium to fast growing tree, the cucumber tree is native primarily within the Appalachian belt. Not recommended for street trees, but the Cucumber trees are excellent shade trees for parks and gardens!
* Pyramidal shape
* Medium to fast grow rate
* Excellent shade tree
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Magnolia acuminata|
|Mature Height||50 - 70 feet|
|Mature Spread||35 - 40 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Flower Color||Yellow green|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|