When the breezes flutter Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) leaves, their silvery undersides and glisten balk. In May and June, the breeze carries the lemony scent of creamy white flowers. Every flower, with nine to 12 petals, is often partially hidden under the leaves on the branch tips. Native of moist forests of the eastern U.S. coastal plain and swamps, the Sweetbay magnolia 10 to 60 meters high and is aged 10 to 25 meters wide.
The Sweetbay magnolia is the most widely used magnolia species native to North America. The main ranges of central New Jersey southward to the Everglades, and then west to the Mississippi River. Disjunct populations are localized it in southern Arkansas, strattling the Texas-Louisiana border. On the eastern Long Iceland and eastern Massachusetts The northernmost native stands occur in Gloucester, Massachusetts.
Sweetbay magnolia magnolia was introduced first in Europe and grown from 1688 in England. These older any Asian magnolia species, such as the Star Magnolia, which are now widely cultivated as an ornamental plant in temperate gardens around the world. It was also one of the mother plant, the first known deliberate hybrid magnolia, Magnolia thompsoniana to create in 1808. John Claudius Loudon, a Scottish botanist, led the hybridization.
A mix of pine, red maple trees, tupelo and oak come in the natural habitat of the Sweetbay Magnolia. Different animals have interesting relationships with the tree, including the Sweetbay Sweetbay silkworm, the. Its eggs on the leaves, the food for the developing countries tracked American black bears eat Sweetbay leaves and shoots in the Southeast, especially in spring. Beavers, white-tailed deer and cattle to feed on this tree. The orange-red fruits are eaten by Eastern kingbirds, mockingbirds, robins, wood thrushes, wild turkeys, bobwhite quail, and red-eyed warbler.
Although Sweetbay magnolia is primarily a decorative garden plant now dominates other uses in the past. The wood was used for the interior design and furniture. The strains of Houma, Louisiana, and Rappahannock people of Virginia used its leaves, bark and roots medicinally. Colds, rheumatism, pleurisy, cough, consumption, typhoid fever and autumn were managed through the use of Sweetbay tissues and juices. They also enjoyed Sweetbay for its hallucinogenic properties.