Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia, Laurel Magnolia, or Swamp Magnolia

Form and Growth Characteristics:
Plant Type - Tree
Growth Rate - Medium to fast
Mature Height - 10-20' in the North; to 60' in southern part of its range
Mature Width - 10-20' in the North; to 60' in the southern part of its range
Longevity -

Ornamental Characteristics:
Flower - Creamy white, lemon-scented, 2-3" diameter, 9-12 petals, May-June
Fruit - Aggregate of follicles, 2"long, dark red, very handsome where the bright red seeds are exposed
Leaf - Medium to dark green and shiny above, glaucous silvery-green beneath.
Fall Color - Natural range of Zone 5-9, deciduous from zone 6 and colder (fall color yellow to yellow-brown), and evergreen from zone 7 and warmer.
Bark -
Other Features - Really a beautiful plant, especially when the sweet-scented flowers are opening
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Culture and Care:
Care Requirements - Does well in wet and even swampy soils; also tolerates shade; seems to grow best in warm climates; requires acidic soil. Zone 5-9
Native Habitat - Introduced 1688. Massachusetts to Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas near the coast in swampy soils
Diseases and Insects - None serious, leaf miner on occasion
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- Other plants with the common name Magnolia.
- Other plants of the family Magnoliaceae.
- Other plants of the genus Magnolia.
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