Native & Naturalized Plants of the Carolinas & Georgia


900

Tree
Perennial

Native to the Carolinas & Georgia
Documented growing wild in GA NC SC

Common (uncommon in Mountains & Coastal Plain)

Look for it in mesic forests, ravines, per Weakley's Flora

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full sun partial shade ...Moist

LEAVES:
Deciduous
Simple
Alternate, crowded at branch tips & appearing whorled ("umbrella-like")

FLOWER:
Spring
White
Bisexual
Radially symmetrical
3 sepals
6-12 petals
Numerous stamens

FRUIT:
Summer/Fall
Aggregate of follicles

 

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Spermatophytes (seed plants): Angiosperms (flowering plants): Magnoliids: Magnoliales

WEAKLEY'S FLORA (11/30/12):
Magnolia tripetala   FAMILY Magnoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH PLANTS NATIONAL DATABASE:
Magnolia tripetala   FAMILY Magnoliaceae

SYNONYMOUS WITH VASCULAR FLORA OF THE CAROLINAS (1968) 080-02-006:
Magnolia tripetala   FAMILY Magnoliaceae

 

COMMON NAME:
Umbrella Magnolia, Umbrella-tree


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USDA-NRCS PLANTS Database / Britton, N.L., and A. Brown. 1913    pnd_matr_001_lvd

        

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JK Marlow    jkm140417_021

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Twigs strike out at right angles from a branch, then turn parallel to it, per Trees Worth Knowing by Julia Ellen Rogers (1924).

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JK Marlow    jkm140417_989

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Terminal buds long, purplish, glabrous, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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JK Marlow    jkm140417_993

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

Twigs stout, light brown, slightly fluted at areas of clustered leaf scars, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_m_tripetala_umb

April    Fulton County    GA

Atlanta History Center

Flowers large, white, with an unpleasant musty odor, per Woody Plants of the Blue Ridge.

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Dan Whitten    sdw_magnolia1

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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Dan Whitten    sdw_magnoliatripetala

April    Sevier County    TN

Great Smoky Mountains National Park

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JK Marlow    jkm0505k_09

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

The shape of the leaf forms a "V" at the base, per Great Smoky Mountains Wildflowers.

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JK Marlow    jkm120523_258

May    Graham County    NC

Joyce Kilmer Memorial Forest

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JK Marlow    jkm160506_619

May    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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JK Marlow    jkm160506_625

May    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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JK Marlow    jkm160516_680

May    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm140816_680

August    Jackson County    NC

High Hampton Inn

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JK Marlow    jkm150827_880

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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JK Marlow    jkm150827_882

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

Fruits conelike, 6-15cm long, an aggregate of leathery follicles, per Trees of the Southeastern United States.


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JK Marlow    jkm150827_883

August    Haywood County    NC

Corneille Bryan Native Garden

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_magnolia_tripetala_6

August        

Resembling M. fraseri, but its much larger leaves are tapered at the base, per South Carolina's Native Magnolias. Journal of the SC Native Plant Society (Figlar, 2007).


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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_magnolia_tripetala_9

August        

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Richard and Teresa Ware    rtw_m_tripetala_cc_9

September        

Cloudland Canyon State Park

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmmacrophylla_tripetal

Month Unknown        

On left M. tripetala, on right M. macrophylla

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmtripetala_abbeville

Month Unknown    Abbeville County    SC

False whorls of leaves at branch tips impart an umbrella-like appearance, per South Carolina's Native Magnolias. Journal of the SC Native Plant Society (Figlar, 2007).

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Patrick D. McMillan    pdmmtripetala_wl1

Month Unknown