All photographs copyright (2003-2013) by Kris H. Light

<strong>Umbrella Magnolia</strong>
<em>Magnolia tripetala</em> / Magnolia Family<br>
I found this tree blooming in late April near the Wye, the Townsend entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The leaves of the Umbrella Magnolia tree are...
Umbrella Magnolia
Magnolia tripetala / Magnolia Family

I found this tree blooming in late April near the Wye, the Townsend entrance of the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The leaves of the Umbrella Magnolia tree are huge, when they turn brown in the fall, they look like tobacco leaves on the ground! The flowers are not as large and stiff as those of the evergreen Southern Magnolia. This flower does not have the sweet aroma of its southern relative, it smells rather musky. The Magnolia family is one of the oldest of the flowering plants. Flowers have not always been with us, they did not appear until the Cretaceous Period (130 million years ago), the time of the last era of dinosaurs. What a dull world it would have been before then! :)
Perennial - Tree
Where seen:Great Smoky Mountains NP, University of Tennessee Arboretum, Frozen Head SP, Piney River

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