Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia is Native to North America. We use this in naturalistic plantings whenever we can. It is semi-evergreen which means in milder climates it will hold its leaves through the winter. The white flowers have a lemony-scent which fills the air in spring thru early summer. Perfect near patios or decks where you can fully enjoy the heavenly fragrance. It also tolerates wet soils very well.

Growzone: 4-9

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This Plants Growzone: 4-9
Growing Zone: 4-9
Mature Height: 10 to 30 feet
Mature Width: 10 to 20 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous tree, Spring flowering
Sunlight: Full Sun
Habit: Upright, umbrella shaped canopy.
Foliage: Dark Green, yellow color in fall
Flower Color: White, Fragrant
Pruning Season: No pruning needed.
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established.
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites.

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Sweetbay Magnolia or Magnolia virginiana is a handsome semi-evergreen native tree with 2 to 3 in. creamy-white, lemon-scented flowers against a background of glossy green leaves. A lovely small patio, shade or specimen tree.

Sweet Bay Magnolia Attributes

  • Fragrant white Flowers
  • Semi-evergreen leaves
  • Multi-stemmed habit
  • Native to North America

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Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia is a handsome semi-evergreen native tree with 2 to 3 in. creamy-white, lemon-scented flowers against a background of glossy green leaves. A lovely small patio, shade or specimen tree.


Planting Information

We suggest when planting your newly purchased Sweetbay Magnolia that you dig a hole twice as wide as the root system but not deeper. Depending on the quality of your existing soil you may need to add a locally sourced compost or topsoil to the back-fill soil. We do not recommend using straight topsoil or compost as a back-fill soil because more times than not these products will retain entirely to much moisture and will cause the root system to rot. Adding compost or topsoil will help the young feeder roots of Sweetbay Magnolia to spread through the loose, nutrient rich soil, much easier than if you used solely the existing soil which more times than not will be hard and compacted. The most common cause of plant death after transplanting is planting the new plant to deep. That is why we do not recommend planting in a hole any deeper than the soil line of the plant in the pot. A good rule is that you should still be able to see the soil the plant was grown in after back-filling the hole. Bio-tone starter fertilizer is a great starter fertilizer that provides plants with mycorrhizae fungus. It is a naturally occurring beneficial fungus that colonizes on the new growing roots of plants. It creates a barrier between the roots of the plant and fungus and pathogens that can cause root rot. We love this product and use it on all plants we install in our own gardens. Bio-tone is a gardeners best friend and can help guarantee your success.


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