Sweetbay Magnolia

This is growing near the pond at Centennial. It’s native to the southeastern U.S…. The inner bark is mildly scented, like bay laurel. The flowers have a vanilla scent. This species was collected in 1678 and sent to England, and was the first kind of magnolia cultivated in England.

Sweetbay Magnolia, Swamp Magnolia, Beaver Tree (Magnolia virginiana)

1 thought on “Sweetbay Magnolia

  1. Native to southeastern US. It seems to have weathered some New England winters okay. Is it in an extremely protected area? Or is it impervious to frozen ground?

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