The warm humid air after the rain carries a sweetness throughout the forest. When I step outside and look up the mountain from my deck the large showy flowers look like white birds perched on limbs all over the woods. I take deep breath & enjoy the fresh scent as it mixes with the smell of the rain soaked moss.
They are called cucumber trees because the unripe fruit resembles a cucumber. However by the end of summer they turn a deep red
The large leaves are good shelter during Spring showers. as a kid playing in the woods I would often seek out a stand of the trees when a shower would pop up. Or on hot days as shelter from the sun.
This tree does get lumber sized & the wood is beautiful.
The tree is also one of the first to put on leaves in the Spring which is always a welcomed sight .
The Cucumber Magnolia is one of my favorite trees in the Appalachian Mountains.
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