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Magnolia virginiana

Common Name(s):
Sweet bay, Swamp magnolia, Sweetbay magnolia
Cultivar(s):
M. virginia var. australis, Henry Hicks, Moonglow, Jim Wilson
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

Underside of leaf is blue-white to silvery; smooth bark; narrow, rounded crown; shallow roots; multistemmed; upright spreading habit; aromatic spicy leaves and twigs; fruit attracts birds; larval food for swallowtails

Height:
10-60 ft.
Flower:
2-3 in. creamy white flowers with lemon scent from late spring to late summer(May-September); bright red seeds
Zones:
5-9
Habit:
Evergreen to semi-evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; moist to wet soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Conical narrow, rounded crown; multi-trunked; right spreading habit
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; moist soil
Fruit:
3 in. creamy white flowers with lemon scent from late spring to late summer; red seeds
Width:
10-20 ft.
Growth Rate:
Moderate to rapid
Leaf:
3 to 5 in. light gray green foliage; underside of leaf is blue-white to silvery

NCCES plant id: 511

Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana
Photo by Mary Keim, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana bloom
Photo by Mary Keim, CC BY-NC-SA - 2.0
Magnolia virginiana Magnolia virginiana growth habit
Photo by Chris Kreussling, CC BY-NC-ND - 2.0
Magnolia virginiana v australis 'Henry Hicks' M. virginiana 'Henry Hicks' cultivar
Photo by Megan Hansen, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Magnolia virginiana 'Moonglow' Magnolia virginiana 'Moonglow' bloom
Photo by Rachelgreenbelt, CC-BY-SA-2.0