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Sweet Bay Magnolia


If you’d like a smaller bush to host your Tiger Swallowtails, Magnolia virginiana, Sweet Bay Magnolia is a good choice. It wants to be a multi-stemmed bush and with a little judicious pruning every year, you can keep it to a manageable size. Note that they can get to be 30 feet tall, so don’t be afraid to cut. Besides Tiger Swallowtails, I’ve even had Giant Swallowtails lay eggs on this.


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Giant Swallowtail on Sweet Bay Magnolia

The normal host plant would be my Hop Tree,

so this is unusual.

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