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Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana

Native to the southeastern United States, this was the first magnolia to be scientifically described and serves as the type species of the genus Magnolia. Trees can be either deciduous or evergreen, depending on climate, and grow to 30 m in height. Also called “Beavertree” by early colonialists in North America, the roots of this magnolia were used as bait for trapping beavers.

Habitat:Swampy woods, streambanks, magnolia bogs.
Growth Habit:Small, deciduous tree, growing to 10 m.
Bloom Time:Late spring.
Longevity:Moderate.
Presence in US:AL AR DC DE FL GA LA MA MD MS NC NJ NY PA SC TN TX VA
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