Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay

  • Family: Magnoliaceae
  • Form: Evergreen tree, reaching 25-50 ft.
  • Leaves: Simple, elliptic, alternate, entire, silvery leaf undersides
  • Stem/Bark: Gray, smooth bark
  • Flower: White, fragrant, solitary with up to 12 petals
  • Fruit: Cone-like aggregate of follicles holding red seeds
  • Comments: One of 6 Magnolia species native to Florida ; A related ornamental species, Magnolia grandiflora, has similar but larger flowers and leathery leaves with rusty-brown tomentose below
  • Additional Resources:
    The Institute for Regional Conservation Link
    Wikipedia Link
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