Please help indentify this PA tree

jj1230June 26, 2010

I was out in the woods today looking for interesting plants and I stumbled upon this large-leafed tree. There were a few growing around each other, but other than those I hadn't seen them any where else before. They ones only had leaves at the top of the main trunk and at the ends of the branches. The leaves were very large and rounded (6 - 14+ in) and grew right off of the trunk. The trunks were very straight and thin compared to other trees of equal height.

There was a fruit on a nearby branch which was broken off from a recent storm. I'm positive it was from the same type of tree. It was about 3-4 inches, green and reminded me of a pine cone, but instead of hard, woody sections, it had fleshy seed containing "pods". It smelled sweet and a little like pine, but it very well could be unripe and I wouldn't know it. Another thing to note was that the fruit quickly browned after being handled and broken apart.

The biggest trees I saw were only 10 feet tall with minimal branches, so its an undergrowth tree I'm guessing. I managed to find a small tree so I took it home and gave it a temporary home. Any help with identifying this would be awesome.

BTW this is in SW PA if that helps any.

Pictures:

Fruit - http://imgur.com/0hHpP.jpg

Fruit w/ seeds - http://imgur.com/hSs9R.jpg

Interior of Fruit - http://imgur.com/k1rXU.jpg

Small Tree I Found - http://imgur.com/1jDRQ.jpg

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jj1230

Sorry about posting this here, I just found out about the "name that plant" section. This is my first post here so bear with me here haha

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 8:27PM
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esh_ga

Sure looks like a Magnolia of some type.

    Bookmark   June 26, 2010 at 9:49PM
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sam_md

Umbrella Magnolia, Magnolia tripetala

    Bookmark   June 28, 2010 at 8:03AM
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