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Magnolia, Sweetbay Magnolia virginiana

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: 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:
The Sweetbay Magnolia falls into the following type(s): 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.

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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.