Ontario Trees & Shrubs website

Cucumber Magnolia
Magnolia acuminata

Other common names: Cucumber Tree

Family: Magnolia Family (Magnoliaceae)

Group: Magnolias

Distinctive features: Tree

Flowers: Spring;  Green/Brown

Leaves: Alternate, Simple, Entire

Habitat: Forests;  Southern Forests.

Books: Trees in Canada: 404    Shrubs of Ontario: 404   

Native/Non-native: Native

Status: Rare in Ontario.

Photographs: 128 photographs available, of which 7 are featured on this page. SCROLL DOWN FOR PHOTOGRAPHS.

Range Map is at the bottom of the page

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

We tend to think of Magnolia trees as being subtropical. However, this Magnolia is indeed native to Ontario. This photo is of one that is in my backyard. It is about 10-12 years old, I estimate.

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

A typical leaf. They're big - this one is about 10" long.

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

A leaf bud (left); and a flower bud (right) with leaf buds below it.

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

Flower opening up, in June.

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

Looking down into the partially opened flower.

Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

Bark of a medium-sized tree.

Range map for Cucumber Magnolia (Magnolia acuminata)

PLEASE NOTE: A coloured Province or State means this species occurs somewhere in that Province/State.
The entire Province/State is coloured, regardless of where in that Province/State it occurs.

(Range map provided courtesy of the USDA website and is displayed here in accordance with their Policies)