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Plant Details

Magnolia virginiana

Sweet Bay, Sweetbay Magnolia

Scientific Name:

Magnolia virginiana

Common Name:

Sweet Bay, Sweetbay Magnolia

Plant Family

Magnoliaceae (Magnolia Family)

Native/Alien:

Native

Type:

Shrub / Tree

Bloom Color(s):

white

Size in Feet:

60

Bloom Time:

April - May - June - July

Bloom Area:

Coast, Piedmont

Flower

Looking like a smaller version of Magnolia grandiflora, Sweet Bay flowers are intensely fragrant.

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Halyburton Park, Wilmington, May 9, 2013

Developing fruit

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Jack Spruill, June, 2009, Hampstead

Trunk showing pale, smooth bark

If you press the corky bark with your fingernail, it will depress and then return to its original shape.

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Paynter, Wilmington, 2011

Fruit (follicetum) with seeds

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Jorge Vigueras, 2010

Links:

USDA PLANTS Database Record


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