| Sweetbay Magnolia, Swamp Bay, Southern Sweet Bay, Laurel Magnolia, Swamp Magnolia, Sweet Magnolia, White Bay, White Laurel, Swamp Laurel|
Sweetbay grows in the acid swamps, sphagnum bogs, and baygalls of the southeastern Pineywoods. It does well in wet and even swampy soils, tolerates shade, and requires acid soil. The semi-evergreen leaves are slightly smaller than southern magnolias', glossy green above and silky white underneath. From April to July fragrant white flowers 2-3" in diameter appear sporadically. The plant's form is rather open and airy.
Plant Habit or Use: large shrub small tree medium tree
Exposure: sun partial sun
Flower Color: creamy white
Blooming Period: spring summer fall
Fruit Characteristics: woody cone-like structures with red seeds
Height: to 80 ft.
Width: to 60 ft.
Plant Character: semievergreen
Heat Tolerance: high
Water Requirements: high
Soil Requirements: acid neutral