Sweet bay magnolia, a type of ornamental tree
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Sweet Bay Magnolia

Sweet bay magnolia
(Magnolia virginiana)
Zones 5–9
Lustrous dark green leaves with silvery undersides are deciduous in the North, evergreen in the South. Lemon-scented creamy white flowers in spring/early summer. Grows 10–20 feet high and wide in the North, to 60 feet high in the South, where it is happiest. Needs moist, acid soil in sun to partial shade.
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