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NC Native Plant Society:
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Magnolia tripetala [=Houpoea tripetala]

Umbrella Magnolia, Umbrella-tree.

Scientific Name:

Magnolia tripetala [=Houpoea tripetala]

Genus:

Magnolia tripetala

Species Epithet:

Magnolia tripetala

Common Name:

Umbrella Magnolia, Umbrella-tree.

Plant Type

Tree

Life Cycle

Perennial

Plant Family

Magnoliaceae (Magnolia Family)

Native/Alien:

NC Native

Invasive Status:

(*Key)

Size:

12-36 ft., 36-72 ft.

Bloom Color(s):

White

Light:

Sun - 6 or more hours of sun per day, Part Shade - 2 to 6 hours of sun per day

Soil Moisture:

Moist

Bloom Time:

April, May

Growing Area:

Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain

Habitat Description:

Mesic forests, ravines. Infrequent to locally fairly common across the Piedmont, found in most counties. In the east-central Coastal Plain, it is uncommon and local; absent in the Sandhills, other western Coastal Plain counties, and far eastern counties. Rare to uncommon in the southwestern mountains, but rare farther northward.

Leaf Arrangement:

Alternate

Leaf Retention:

Deciduous

Leaf Type:

Leaves veined, not needle-like or scale-like

Leaf Form:

Simple

Life Cycle:

Perennial

Wildlife Value:

Important for Wildlife

Landscape Value:

Recommended and Available

State Rank:

S5: Secure (*Key)

Global Rank:

G5 - Secure (*Key)

State Status:

W6: Watch List: Regionally Rare (*Key)

The leaves are grouped at or near the branch tips, leaf bases are long-tapered

New Hanover County, NC

Bettina Darveaux

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record



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