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Magnolia virginiana

Native Plants

Sweet Bay

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Grace your patio path with the pleasing lemon-scented fragrant blossoms of this multi- stemmed, small tree. Blooming sporadically, the solitary 2-3”, creamy white flowers are followed by small red fruits which are highly valued by a variety of wildlife. The shiny leaves are semi-evergreen, cast with silver on the underside. Sweet bay’s loose, open, upright habit provides a lovely vertical element in the garden. Naturally growing in moist to wet acid soils, it will thrive in medium to heavy clay. Sweet bay prefers filtered shade to sun. It makes a handsome companion for Matteuccia struthiopteris, Chelone lyonii, Osmundastrum cinnamomeum, Ilex glabra, and Clethra alnifolia.

More Details

  • Plant Type
  • Sun/Shade Conditions
    filtered-shade, full-sun 
  • Foliage Character
  • Soil Moisture
    average, moist, wet 
  • Flowering Period
    early-summer, late-spring
  • Soil PH
    acidic, adaptable 
  • Flower Color
  • Summer Foliage Color
  • Fall Foliage Color
  • Fruit/Seed Color