Umbrella magnolia (Magnolia tripetala), commonly called an umbrella-tree, is a deciduous tree native to the eastern United States in the Appalachian Mountains, the Ozarks, and the Ouachita Mountains. The name “umbrella tree” derives from the fact that the large leaves are clustered at the tips of the branches forming an umbrella-shaped structure. Creamy white flowers are large (up to 10 inches across) and have an unpleasant odor. A 4 to 6-inch long aggregate fruit with a knobby surface, reddish-orange seeds emerge from slits in August and September.
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Photos taken at Old Town June 2022.