Umbrella Magnolia

Magnolia tripetala Magnoliaceae

Growth habit



Long-lived polycarpic perennial

Native distribution

Southern PA to Northern GA and AL, West to Central KY and Southwestern AR


Floriculture War Memorial Trail, Jackson Grove, Treman Woodland Walk

Source of plant

Highland Botanical Park, Louise Mullestein, Cornell Botanic Gardens


Tree similar to M. macrophylla, reaching 15' to 30' (to 40') in height. Leaves reach 10" to 24" in lengthand are clustered near the ends of the branches, creating an umbrella effect. Flowers are 6" to 10"across, solitary, unpleasantly scented, borne in May and early June (before those of M. macrophylla). Fruits are 4" long, elongated, cone-shaped, rosy-red, maturing in September and October.

USDA Hardiness Zone


Special characteristics

foliage characteristics, notable texture