If Trees Could Sing

Taylor Hicks & the Sweetbay Magnolia

Taylor Hicks talks about the sweetbay magnolia and the benefits that trees provide us.

Sweetbay Magnolia Flower

The sweetbay magnolia's flower has a fragrant vanilla scent.

Sweetbay Magnolia Leaf

This tree's leaves are big and shiny, darker green on top, lighter underneath.

The sweetbay magnolia's bright red seeds are eaten by squirrels, turkey, quail and songbirds.

Taylor Hicks

Taylor Hicks is known for his rough-around-the-edges soulful voice and his distinctive blend of country, R&B and rock. He charmed America in 2006 when he became the winning singer on the fifth season of American Idol. He currently has recorded four albums and has a long-term performing residency in Las Vegas as well as regular touring dates across the U.S. 

Sweetbay Magnolia Facts

  • Scientific name: Magnolia virginiana
  • Range: the Atlantic Coast and Gulf Coast states and into Tennessee
  • Height: up to 60 feet tall
  • Fruit: conelike clusters of bright red seeds
  • Flowers: creamy white with a strong vanilla scent
  • Semi-Evergreen: this tree retains its leaves year-round in the South, but loses them in the North

You Can Take Care of Trees Like the Sweetbay Magnolia

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