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Umbrella Magnolia (Magnolia tripetala)

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Umbrella Magnolia is one of several native deciduous magnolias found in our area. A fairly large tree is found next to Scarborough Creek just to the northwest of the Arboretum entrance. Other examples can be seen along Old Kerr Hollow Road and the Tulip Poplar Trail. The large leaves (up to 24 in. long) are widest near the tips, narrowing to the base - two similar species in our region, Fraser Magnolia (M. fraseri) and Big Leaf Magnolia (M. macrophylla), differ in having earlike lobed leaf bases. The common name reflects the arrangement of its leaves clustered at the tips of the branches, resembling an umbrella. The large flowers, pale yellow to creamy white, are pollinated by beetles. Umbrella Magnolia is found throughout the Appalachians and Blue Ridge Mountains from Pennsylvania south to Georgia and Alabama, and west to Arkansas and Mississippi. It frequently occurs in mesic habitats such as along streams and creeks.

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