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Cucumber Tree (Magnolia acuminata)

Cucumber Tree Fruit Pinkish colored fruits of the Cucumber Tree near the entrance to the Visitors Center are apparent in August. These cone-like fruits are initially green and said to resemble cucumbers, hence the common name. The yellow flowers that appear in late April consist of six greenish-yellow tepals (sepals and petals are undifferentiated). The fruits mature in late summer to early autumn, producing reddish-orange seeds which may persist into winter.

Cucumber Tree Flowers Cucumber Tree is a native of Eastern North America ranging from southern Ontario to northern Florida. The wood is used for furniture, plywood, containers, and pallets. One source says the fruits have been used as flavoring for whiskey. The bark was used for a variety of medicinal purposes by the Cherokee and Iroquois peoples.

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