|Deciduous tree or large shrub. Bark is furrowed, light brown to gray. Twigs can be reddish brown to gray, buds are covered with silky yellow hairs. Leaves are elliptic, 2 to 8 inches long and smooth, green. Flower buds are purple shading to yellow. Flowers are cup-shaped, slightly fragrant, yellow to yellow-green with bluish purple tinge. Fruits are pinkish red and ornamental. Cucumber tree refers to the shape of the fruits. Cross between M. liliiflora and M. acuminata. Brooklyn Botanic Garden introduction, 1968.