Bike Touring Highlight
The buds are around one centimeter long, oval, slightly curved and slightly compressed. The leaf shape is peculiar and distinctive: The outline is quadrangular, the leaf divided into four unequal lobes. The long sides of the lobes are almost parallel. At the top, the leaf has just been cut or sanded out. The top of the leaves is shiny and rich green, the underside is lighter and waxy. The leaves are hairless and turn golden yellow in the fall.
The flowers stand individually on branch ends. They are initially cup-shaped when they bloom, later they continue to open and become bell-shaped. The perianth is simple and kronblattartig. The petals are bluish-green at the base, above yellow-orange, then greenish again. The stamens are thick, fleshy and three to five inches long. The carpels stand on a cone in the center of the flower. Flowering time is June to July.
The fruit stand resembles a coniferous cone. The seeds are fledged.
The bark is gray, brown or brown-orange. It is covered with fine, flat strips net-shaped. The young branches are hairless, slightly frosted, the leaf scars are clearly visible. The trees belong to the family Magnolia plants that give off a pleasant scent.