cucumber tree

Flowers opening before leaves, Magnolia . . . (Magnolia stellata)  

See a photograph of the same tree below,
one week earlier:

Flower Buds.

(Photograph was made Tuesday, the 16th of April, 2002)

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Photograph by Cliff Crego © 2002

Special thanks to for calling attention to a
mistake I made in identifying this particular species of Magnolia:
[This] is not a Magnolia acuminata (Cucumber);it is a Magnolia stellata.
The Magnolia acuminata starts to bloom after leaves are on, The stellata
blooms without leaves in the very early spring and has giant "daisy-like" flowers.