Magnolia virginiana

Common name: Sweet Bay Magnolia

Non-native plant

The foliage is a glossy green with whitish undersides. The flowers are white and saucer-sized and are quite showy once the tree gets big enough to produce larger numbers of them.  Flowers have a pleasant scent, even when there are only a few. The bark is smooth and gray. Native range is the southeastern US, and as such it is best planted in a protected area to prevent damage from harsh winters.


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Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type

Mesic (Not too Wet Not too Dry)

Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun / Part Shade

Bloom period

Late Spring

Urban environment

Uncompacted Urban Soils, Requires Protected Site


Savannas, Woodlands

Growth form

Shrubby/Clump, Single trunk

Growth rate


Flower color


Fall color

Orange Yellow


Mature height
25 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
25 Feet

Additional information

Retains leaves in winter

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