Magnolia virginiana

sweet-bay

Magnoliaceae

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Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 40 (60) ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color   fruit color      red,brown
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, hurricane wind resistance, interesting foliage

Landscaping

Recommended Uses: Specimen plant in moist areas. Wetland tree.
Considerations: Clonal: will send up suckers in some situations.
Availability: Quality nurseries, Native nurseries, FNPS plant sales, Seed
Light: light requirement   light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
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Salt Tolerance: Moderately salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand, loam, organic material (muck)
Soil pH Range: Acidic

Ecology

Wildlife:
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Larval host for swallowtail butterflies. Seeds are eaten by woodpeckers, kingbirds, red-eyed vireos, mockingbirds, robins, thrushes, squirrels, mice among others. Deer browse leaves and twigs.
Native Habitats: Bay swamp, forested seep slopes, floodplains of small streams.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range

USDA Zones:

Map is based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:
   8A,8B,9A,9B,10A,10B

Other

Other Comments: The silvery undersides of the leaves are striking.