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Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia - Magnolia virginiana
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The Sweetbay Magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2"-3" creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. It is very elegantly shaped and is a good choice for a specimen or patio tree. Bright scarlet-red seeded fruit ripens in late summer attracting many birds. Prefers moist, acid soil with sun to partial shade. Grows 10'-20' high with equal spread.

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Zones 5 - 9 Zones 5 - 9
Hardiness Zones 5 - 9
The Sweetbay Magnolia can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. View Map
Flowering Tree Flowering Tree
Type of tree
Flowering Trees, Shrubs
10' - 20' High 10' - 20' High
Mature Height
The Sweetbay Magnolia grows to be 10' - 20' feet in height.
10' - 20' Spread 10' - 20' Spread
Mature Spread
The Sweetbay Magnolia has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.
Medium to Fast Growth Medium to Fast Growth
Growth Rate
This tree grows at a medium to fast growth rate. More about this.
Full Sun Full Sun
Sun
This magnolia does well in full sun, partial shade.
Various Soils Various Soils
Soil
The Sweetbay Magnolia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wet soils.
Columnar Shape Columnar Shape
Shape
This magnolia has columnar, vase shape.
Description

The Sweetbay Magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2"-3" creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. It is very elegantly shaped and is a good choice for a specimen or patio tree. Bright scarlet-red seeded fruit ripens in late summer attracting many birds. Prefers moist, acid soil with sun to partial shade. Grows 10'-20' high with equal spread.