Magnolia virginiana, Florida Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay

Magnolia virginiana

Florida Bay Laurel, Sweet Bay
Family: Magnoliaceae
Origin: Southern US
USDA Zone: 7-10?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftFull sunKeep soil moistOrnamental foliageSpice or herb plantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Fragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short timeFlood tolerant plant

Sweet Bay can be found in the wild in Florida bay heads, swamps and stream banks. Leaves are very fine for flavoring broths and sauces. Fresh off the tree, the flavor is unique and fun to use. If you have a Florida Sweet Bay, your cooking will have flavors folks outside Florida can never hope to duplicate. Florida Bay Laurel likes moist, acid soils. If you use Bay Laurel in your landscape, be sure plenty of water is available. If you have a moist spot on your land, plant this tree. You will also be rewarded by the attractive white delicately fragrant flowers. No bugs or other pests. Fertilize once or twice a year with an acid fertilizer.

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