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Name: Laurence
Status: other
Age: 50s
Location: N/A
Country: N/A
Date: 1999-2001 

Horticultural Question.

I live in Israel and planted what I thought to be Magnolia tree in my garden 3 years ago. Its now about 6 meters high and has never flowered. Instead it has produced fruit? They are green circular about 3cm in diameter smooth coated and soft inside. When cut in half the outer 50% is white spongy with a white sap. The centre core is a pale green about the size of a cherry and the center core hollow.

The leaves are eliptical (about 6" long x 3" wide) Dark green on top with veins and the under side a paler green with veins and has a crazed effect. Roots are very near the surface, long and wirey and the lawn in which it was planted has to to the most part died. Is it a magnolia? Will it ever flower?

Still possibly a Magnolia? Fruit in some species is fleshy.

Do you have any photos of the tree and its fruit?

With additional info, photos, might be able to obtain help from local botanists in Israel.

Anthony R. Brach, Ph.D.

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