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Sweetbay Magnolia


Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay magnolia is a popular semi-evergreen tree that has attractive fragrant white flowers and later in the fall has bright red seeds that will attract birds. It has no serious disease or insect problems. It is also the larval host of the Sweetbay Silkmoth and another beauty, the Tiger Swallowtail. It will grow in wet soil.

Growing requirements of this and other Elms Nursery plants


photos Hester Burch


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