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 Fast-Growing Ornamental Tree

The Sweetbay Magnolia Tree, Magnolia virginiana, is a fast-growing multi-trunked tree or large shrub with great ornamental appeal. The Sweetbay Magnolia tree has a long blooming period so you’ll enjoy its flowers in spring, but sporadically throughout the summe as well.  

The three inch pure white flowers will draw you with their loveliness as much as with their fragrance, as they infuse your yard with a fresh lemony scent.  

Fall fruit appears on the Sweetbay Magnolia as a two inch long green pod.  You’ll enjoy watching its progress as its small red conglomerate of berry-like fruit slowly emerges from their green casing. Within the red “berries”, black seeds reside which the birds in your yard will find tantalizing.  

Your Sweetbay Magnolia Tree is a joy to watch no matter what the time of year.

Even when the flowers have faded and the fruit is not yet obvious, you’ll be surprised by the captivating sight a simple breeze drifting through its leaves creates. 

The five inch long oblong leaves are dark green, but the surface is shiny.  Each leaf also has a delightful underside of sliver-white. 

This combination creates a shimmering effect with the slightest movement and a unique bi-color appearance.  

The Sweetbay Magnolia is an ornamental tree with a lot to offer.  It would make a lovely addition to your landscape.  

* Fast-growing
* Spring-summer flowers
* Attractive to wildlife



Plant Facts

Family Magnolia virginiana
Foliage Evergreen Green, Underside is Grey Blue
Mature Height 10 - 60 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 30 feet
Soil Widely Adaptable
Zones 5-9
Mature Form Conical, Narrow, Rounded
Growth Rate Moderate to Fast
Sun Exposure Full Sun - Partial Sun
Flower Color White, Fragrant
Fall Color Evergreen
Bloom Period Spring - Summer

Sweet Bay Magnolia.

Rating: 5/5 based on 5 review(s)
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Flower fragrance Review by Lois K
Spring is officially here only when I smell the lemony flowers. Sweet Bay Magnolia is my favorite tree.
Sweetbays are breath takingly beautiful Review by virginia-girl
I am new at gardening and landscaping. I recently bought my first new home, and after two disappointing, expensive experiences with professional landscapers, I decided to take care of my yard myself, with the help of a young guy I met along the way. In my quest, I went to a local nursery and saw the most beautiful tree, I had ever seen...the Sweetbay Magnolia! I am familiar with the traditional Magnolia tree, and love them too...but the silvery leaves of the Sweetbay,are as delightful as the beautiful flower blossoms...I love my new tree, and am now purchasing a second one for my backyard.
Evergreen Review by shannonfarlouis
I LOVE ALL SORTS OF TREES. MY FAVORITE TREES ARE OF THE EVERGREEN FAMILY. THESE TREES STAY BEAUTIFUL YEAR AROUND. I LIVE IN LOUISIANA AND MAGNOLIAS ARE POPULAR HERE ALSO, ALTHOUGH THEY ARE A DIFFERENT KIND. THE MAGNOLIA IS OF THE EVERGREEN FAMILY. Evergreen The everlasting evergreen. The most beautiful tree I have ever seen. Lives through the seasons of hot and cold. Deep in the forests big and bold. Spruce, fir, juniper, and pine. The shades of green that never die. Lime, oleander, magnolia, and mistletoe, are forever prepared to withstand the cold. The everlasting evergreen. Trees that outlive everthing. By: Shannon Lynn Farlouis
Fantastic Tree Review by magnoliamad
This tree is so strikingly beautiful. Even my husband has fallen in love with it. The blossoms have the most fantastic fragrance. My husband loves to mow the yard when they are in bloom. This tree also produces red seed pods which are lovely. The only negative about this tree is that it is deciduous and doesnt really have any winter interest.
concern with tree Review by Anne
We live in Memphis tn and had 4 sweetbays planted early this fall. They are about 7 feet tall. Everyone has lost all but very few leaves. We are very concerned as I drive around town and see the trees filled with leaves. What is your thought? Thank you and Merry Christmas

*Answer from Nature Hills* - I can only assume that your trees are suffering from what is called transplant shock. The act of transplanting will sometimes cause a plant to suffer some leaf loss. Most plants recover from the shock and will fully leaf out again in the spring. I would suggest a visit with a local arborist to determine if you have another problem with your trees such as disease or insects.

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