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Cucumber Tree

The cucumber tree The leaves and fruit of a cucumber tree A cucumber tree blossom
The cucumber tree
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The leaves and fruit of a cucumber tree
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A cucumber tree blossom
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Scientific Name: Magnolia acuminata

Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8 
Height: 60 ft
Spread: 60 ft
Form: rounded 
Type: deciduous tree 
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches 
Flowers: White 

Comments
This magnolia often forms a single stem more readily than other species of the genus. The large, dark green, leaves give the plant a coarse texture. The flowers are produced in late spring and may not be produced until the tree is fairly old. The common name refers to the pinkish, 3-inch fruit borne in late summer. 

Cultivars 
'Butterflies' - Light yellow flowers are produced on plants 18 feet tall.

X 'Elizabeth' - This hybrid has yellow flowers and will reach a height of 30 feet. 

'Gold Star' - The 40-foot trees produced yellow flowers. The new foliage is bronzed until summer. 

'Golden Glow' - The bright yellow flowers are produced in late spring on plants that can be 40 feet tall. 

'Goldfinch' - Yellow flowers are produced before the leaves appear. The trees reach a height of 30 feet. 

'Yellow Fever' - The 40-foot tall tree produces large, yellow flowers. 

X 'Yellow Lantern' - Clear, lemon yellow flowers.