I have stands set up in these tree's and witness deer devouring them as they drop. Everyone I talk to says deer do not eat them but I've watched it happen with my own 2 eyes. Both places are loaded with Cherry, Oak and Beech so they had other options and still chose those orange berries. Break them open and smell them, they smell great.
I have a large cucumber magnolia in my backyard. The tree right now is full of various kinds of birds and they are eating the fruit as fast as they can. Never seen deer eat any but squirrel always come in and eat.
Has anyone ever tried to plant the seeds? I tried it last year with 10 seeds. They all germinated and grew but I was surprised that all the seedlings look like lilies. When they first came up they looked like corn growing. When do they get the leaves of the tree?