Sweetly scented flower Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree pure white Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana flower Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree Bud ready to bloom in the spring
Sweetly scented flower Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree pure white Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana flower Sweetybay Magnolia virginiana Tree Bud ready to bloom in the spring

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Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana

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

As Low As: $39.95

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1. Choose Size & Quantity
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1 Gallon Pot $39.95
3 Gallon Pot $79.95
2. Choose Recommended Add-Ons
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Espoma Bio-Tone Starter Plus
4 LB Bag
$16.95
Tree Staking kit by DeWitt
(1) Kit
$16.95
Treegator Watering Bag
Original
$27.95
Soil Soaker Hose
25 Feet Long
$25.95

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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. This spring bloomer has a multi-stemmed habit and is native to North America. It makes a lovely small patio, shade or specimen tree.

Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Plant GuideHow to Plant Sweetbay Magnolia Trees

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
This Plants Growzone: 4-9 Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana Hardiness Zone

How to Care for Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana

Before you buy a Sweetbay Magnolia Tree, make sure to read about the recommended care instructions to keep this plant healthy and thriving.

How do I plant a Sweetbay Magnolia?

How do I plant a Sweetbay Magnolia?

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.

How do I water Sweetbay Magnolias?

How do I water Sweetbay Magnolias?

After back filling and lightly compacting the 50/50 mix of existing soil and compost give the Sweetbay Magnolia a good deep watering. This is not to be rushed. Most of the water you put on the plant at first will run away from the plant until the soil is soaked. A general rule of thumb is to count to 5 for every one gallon of pot size. For example a one gallon pot would be watered until you count to 5 a three gallon pot would be 15 and so on. Check the plant daily for the first week or so and then every other day there after. Water using the counting method for the first few weeks. Gator Bags are a good investment that will help minimize the watering chore. Gator bag Jr. can be used to help aid in this process and also provide plants with a good soaking due to the slow release of the water into the root-zone of the plant. Soaker Hoses can also be used to water when planting a long hedge.

How do I fertilize Sweetbay Magnolia?

How do I fertilize Sweetbay Magnolia?

Trees such as Sweetbay Magnolia grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Sweetbay Magnolia again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Sweetbay Magnolia. Since an organic method of applying manure and/or compost around the roots, produces excellent results and also improves the condition of the soil, this would be an excellent first line of attack.

How do I mulch Sweetbay Magnolia?

How do I mulch Sweetbay Magnolia?

We highly recommend that you mulch your Sweetbay Magnolia with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.


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