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Oh, the beautiful magnolia! Of all the flowering trees, this is one of the most loved. The flowers are gorgeous, the leaves are lovely and they add instant romance wherever they are planted. They are as synonymous with the South as gardenias, camellias and grits. Unfortunately, they traditionally don’t abide cold winters very well so they aren’t widely used above zone 6.

We know. It’s sad.

But hopefully this will make you happy!

Moonglow Sweet Bay Magnolia has all of the magnolia charm you want in a winter-lovin’ package! It will grow and flower all the way to zone 4! You read that right – zone 4!

This beautiful deciduous tree will bloom with its gorgeous, fragrant, creamy-white flowers from spring into summer. You can cut the flowers to float in a bowl of water on the table or use the leaves in floral displays, just like a big ol’ southern magnolia. (It even flowers from a young age, for all of you impatient gardeners.)

This is such a great landscape tree, too. It is perfectly sized so it fits into any border or foundation planting (15’ tall and 7’ wide). Try it lining a walk or a driveway, too.

If you’ve always wanted a magnolia tree, but lived too far north to enjoy one, order your Moonglow Sweet Bay Magnolia from us today! And to all you Southerners – Moonglow loves living in the south too, so add it to your garden this year!

* Easy care
* Gorgeous scented flowers
* Perfectly sized for modern gardens – 15’ tall, 7’ wide
* Cut flowers
* Borders and beds

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
3.5" Container Equal to .67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume
4" Container Equal to .87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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Moonglow® Sweet Bay Magnolia Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills Nursery
Botanical Name Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson'
Foliage Deciduous
Mature Height 20 - 30 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Soil Type Well drained
Moisture Water carefully to establish then weekly as needed
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fruiting Time Fall