This hardiest member of the magnolia family is widespread and favors rich, moist soils of protected valleys and streambanks. The greenish-yellow flowers may not appear until the tree is 25 or 30 years old. The tree takes its name from its small, leathery, cucumber-shaped fruits. Birds and rodents eat the bright seeds. Magnolia acuminata grows 45 to 90 feet tall, reaching its greatest size in the southern Appalachians.
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