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Monday, November 1, 2010

And the biggest magnolia in . . .

Trick-or-treating in Chelsea last night, I stopped to take a picture of the largest magnolia I've ever seen in Michigan. This is the cucumber magnolia, or cucumber-tree, Magnolia acuminata, which the USDA says is native to Ohio and Ontario (but not Michigan). Obviously it is very unlike the common ornamentals. This species is a parent of the yellow-flowering selections now in cultivation. I planted 'Edith Bogue' under the high-voltage primaries, and it had to be topped by DTE contractors just a couple years later. Ah, live and learn. You can find a couple more large cucumber-trees growing along Huron on the north corners of the Rackham Building in Ann Arbor.

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