Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Tree
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Leaf
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Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Tree
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Leaf
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 155
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 156
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1221

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-10
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem
Magnolia virginiana
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With its airy habit and silver-backed leaves dancing in the wind, Sweetbay Magnolia will bring a feeling of lightness to your landscape, making a pleasing contrast to dark evergreens, stone, brick, and wood.  This delicate Magnolia is heavy on fragrance, and every year you’ll look forward to late spring and early summer, when this small specimen tree opens its creamy-white flowers.  They pour out a lovely lemony scent that you’ll come to associate with grilling out, backyard picnicking, sitting by the pool, and all the outdoor fun that takes place during that wonderful time of year.  And, being a moderately fast-growing tree, Sweetbay Magnolia doesn’t take long to get the show underway!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-10
  • Spacing: 10-15'
  • Exposure: Sun/Part Shade
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›
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The Story

English settlers called this tree the “Beaver Tree,” because they used the aromatic roots to bait beaver traps.  They also used the flowers to make perfume and the wood to make veneers and small boxes.  Spicebush and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies have been using this tree for eons to raise their young, so if you’re looking to attract either beavers or butterflies to your yard, this is the tree for you!  Our “Single-Stem” Sweet Bays are grown in an unconventional way for the species—“Tree-Form,” like their cousin, the Southern Magnolia.

The Details

So many wonderful traits…where do we start? This environmentally friendly native tree has long bluish-green, semi-evergreen foliage with silvery undersides. Very fragrant, lemony-scented, creamy white flowers bloom in early summer and are followed by unique fruit pods with orange-red seeds. All of these exceptional characteristics make it an excellent choice for your outdoor living area.

How to Grow

Sweetbay Magnolia is a neat tree with fragrant cream colored flowers in summer. They tend to be a little fussier than other Magnolias though. They prefer full sun to light shade and a protected location from harsh winter winds. Sweetbays also like soils that are acidic and a little on the organic side, they are also tolerant of moist soils. One major plus is that the Sweetbay is free of pests. Apply a medium rate fertilizer to your Sweetbay once a year in the fall. This application is only needed for the first few years (about 3 or 4) and it supplies your tree with the essential nutrients needed to provide lush new growth and flowers for the following spring. These yearly feedings also help your tree become established in your landscape. Sweetbay’s do not require pruning, but if needed prune after it is done blooming - Sweetbay’s bloom on old growth, not new growth.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 10
Exposure Sun/Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Spacing 10-15'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Green/Silver
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Early Summer
Fruit Color Green/Red
Fruit Time Summer-Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators No
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native Yes
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions No
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils Yes
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden Yes
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Scale

Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall grown as a single stem tree form. Branching begins above 4'. Stem caliper 1 1/2" grown in our #15 tree container.

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Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Tree
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Leaf
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 155
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 156
Sweetbay Magnolia - single stem Additional Product Shot 1221