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Magnolia acuminata

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Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: acuminata (ah-kew-min-AY-tuh) (Info)

Synonym:Magnolia cordata
Synonym:Magnolia acuminata var. subcordata

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4 members have or want this plant for trade.

Category:
Trees

Height:
over 40 ft. (12 m)

Spacing:
30-40 ft. (9-12 m)

Hardiness:
USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade

Danger:
Parts of plant are poisonous if ingested

Bloom Color:
Chartreuse (Yellow-Green)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer

Foliage:
Deciduous

Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:
Non-patented

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored

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1 positive
3 neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral nick89 On Sep 19, 2004, nick89 from Tallahassee, FL (Zone 8b) wrote:

Rather large impressive forest tree with yellow spring flowers and huge leaves. These trees get quite tall. I have not grown this species but about a dozen or so mature specimens occure near a bottomland stream on my land. They would probably make a striking specimen tree.

Neutral elfmom On Sep 7, 2004, elfmom from Bigelow, AR wrote:

I bought this tree as a 1 ft. seedling. Two years in a row it has started growing and doing well, then about mid-summer the leaves have turned brown and dropped. I suspect the tree is burning in too much afternoon sun (zone 7b), so am transplanting it to a spot that will be shaded in the afternoon. I would appreciate any comments from anyone else who has this tree.

Positive Puplover On Sep 17, 2003, Puplover from Chaplin, CT (Zone 5b) wrote:

I bought this tree in July it was loaded with buds and about 4.5 feet tall. Planted in full sun. A couple weeks later the flowers opened, there must have been at least 50 and loaded with bumble bees and butterflies. The flowering lasted quite a while. There seems to be a few green balls on it now, I guess these are the cucumbers! I watered very heavily for about 2 weeks, and then every othere day. The tree still looks good, the bark has a soft look to it like deer antlers.

Neutral smiln32 On Aug 31, 2001, smiln32 from Oklahoma City, OK (Zone 7a) wrote:

Deciduous tree, 50-80 ft, (15-24 m), upright branches, pyramidal. Leaves alternate, simple, 10-25 cm long, dark green above, soft pubescent and light green below. Buds greenish to white, pubescent, covered (as with all magnolias) by a single keeled scale. Flowers have greenish yellow petals (5-7.5 cm long), borne solitary, not very showy. Fruit an aggregate of pinkish-red follicles, 5-7.5 long, briefly persisting in fall (may look like a small cucumber).

Regional...

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Bigelow, Arkansas
Glen Ellyn, Illinois
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky (2 reports)
Minneapolis, Minnesota
Pittsford, New York
Blue Ash, Ohio
Tidioute, Pennsylvania
West Chester, Pennsylvania
Cambridge, Wisconsin



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