Aug. 24, 2017

cucumbertree, Magnolia acuminata

Here's the elusive cucumbertree. It fascinated me as a kid because of the strange common name. It has fascinated me lately because I keep hearing rumors that it grows near here. I haven't found it, but someone else did, spread to the wild in Washtenaw in 2011. Unless it turns up in different circumstances, it will not be part of Michigan's native flora. Cucumbertree grows in AL, AR, CT, DE, FL(E), GA, IL, IN(E), KY, LA, MA, MD, ME, MI, MO, MS, NC, NJ, NY, OH, OK, PA, SC, TN, VA, WV, and ON(E). Cultivated, Lenawee Co MI, 5/2/12.