Southern Sweetbay Tree Information

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Southern Sweetbay grows in the following 18 states and provinces:

Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia

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The Magnolia Virginiana is commonly known as the Laurel Magnolia, Southern Sweetbay, Swamp Magnolia, Swampbay, Sweet Magnolia, Sweetbay, White-bay as well as White-laurel.

The currently accepted scientific name for sweetbay is Magnolia virginiana L. . Sweetbay is often confused with loblolly-bay (Gordonia lasianthus) and redbay (Persea borbonia) but is readily distinguished from them by the white pubescence of its lower leaf surface .

The range of sweetbay extends chiefly along the Atlantic and Gulf coastal plains from Long Island south through New Jersey and southeastern Pennsylavania to southern Florida, west to eastern Texas, and north into southern Arkansas and southwest Tennessee. Sweetbay is most abundant in Alabama, Georgia, Florida, and South Carolina .

Some of the information provided here is attributed to:Coladonato, Milo. 1991. Magnolia virginiana. In: Fire Effects Information System, [Online]. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Forest Service, Rocky Mountain Research Station, Fire Sciences Laboratory (Producer). , available at the USDA Fire Effects Information System (FEIS) website