Sweet Bay – Magnolia virginiana in Florida

  Sweet Bay – Magnolia virginiana

Sweet Bay in Florida

The Sweet Bay is also known as swampbay, swamp magnolia, whitebay or the beaver tree. The Sweet Bay will grow to around 40 to 50 feet with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. It is grown mostly in southern Atlantic touching states. It like the moist soil. It can be considered an evergreen or deciduous tree based on the warmth of the weather. They are often grown in parks and garden because they are an attractive tree that has white flowers that bloom and are fairly wind resistant.

  • Native:Yes
  • Appearance: This planted very often as an ornamental tree. It has beautiful medium sized white flowers that bloom in the summer and red fruit. The bark is smooth and gray and is often grown with multiple trunks.
  • Leaves: The leaves are simple, elliptical and grow from the greenish-brown branches. They are normally 2 to 5 inches long and 1 to 2 inches wide.
    • Arrangement: alternate
    • Leaf Base: acute
    • Leaf Apice: acute
    • Leaf Margin: entire
  • Fruit: Red or Green which is 1 to 3 inches. It attracts
  • Flowers: White medium sized with a pleasant fragrance. Some say they smell like vanilla.
  • Classifications:
  • Habitat: It likes moist, acidic soil with good sunlight to partial shade.
Sweet Bay Leaves

Leaves of the Sweet Bay Tree

Sweet Bay Fruit

Fruit of the Sweet Bay

Sweet Bay Bark

Bark of the Sweet Bay