|Magnolia tripetala is a large shrub or small tree, occasionally reaches heights of 40 feet, more often is 15-30 feet tall. The large leaves are between 10-24 inches, and clustered at the end of stems, giving the tree the umbrella-like appearance. The flowers appear late spring to early summer, can be 6-10 inches wide, creamy white, with a somewhat unpleasant fragrance. In the fall a rosy-red fruit appears, 4 inches long and cone-shaped. A bit ungainly for the small residential garden. Native to the Southeastern United States, west to Kentucky, and Arkansas. Introduced 1752.