Aug. 24, 2017

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Cucumbertree is our largest Magnolia.  The largest known is 96 feet.  The wood is soft, slightly aromatic, and easily worked.  It has been used for furniture.  Indians used this tree to treat a wide variety of ailments.  In the past this tree was planted as an ornamental, but these days we seem to be going for showier species.  The flowers are not often as yellow as the one shown here, but more often greenish.  This particular large specimen is planted in a local cemetery.