Sweetbay

Magnolia virginiana L.
Tree, Perennial
Native: L48
Blooming: late April, May, June,  white

N30 00.210′ W084 32.740′ (.4RL), N30 00.078′ W084 33.333′ (1.1.RR), N30 00.393′ W084 33.690′ (2.1RL), N30 00.447′ W084 33.876′ (2.5RR)

Host of eastern tiger swallowtail, spice bush and palamedes swallowtail.  Food for deer, gray squirrel, small rodents, wild turkey, quail and songbirds.

Native Americans used the leaves or bark as a mild hallucinogen,  and decoction of leaves and twigs used for colds and chills.

Introduced into European gardens as early as 1688 and known as beavertree by early settlers.   Beaver traps were baited with fleshy roots of tree.

In 2013 blooming did not begin till May and extended into June.

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