The cucumber tree
The leaves and fruit of a cucumber tree
|A cucumber tree blossom
Scientific Name: Magnolia acuminata
Hardiness Zones: 3 to 8
Height: 60 ft
Spread: 60 ft
Type: deciduous tree
Annual Growth Rate: 12 to 18 inches
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.
'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.