Magnolia virginiana
Sweet bay magnolia

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DESCRIPTION
Sweet bay magnolia
Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay’s are an elegant, multi-stemmed, small tree, perfect for patios and other smaller spaces. The shiny, deep green foliage provides the perfect backdrop for the fragrant, white, spring blossoms. The flowers are replaced by red fruits in the fall, attracting songbirds and other beneficial wildlife. Prefers moist, acidic soil and will even thrive in heavy clay. 

BENEFITS
Semi-evergreen tree provides year-round beauty
The white flowers have a fresh, lemony fragrance
Fall fruit attracts a wide variety of song birds
Upright form, great for smaller spaces
Foliage is attractive in fall floral arrangements
Requires little to no pruning
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Found in open woodlands, shaded woods and swamps.

Interesting Facts

The fruit is eaten by gray squirrels, turkey and quail as well as a variety of songbirds including vireos, towhees, Northern flicker and blue jays.

 

GROWING TIPS

Plant in moist, acidic soil, in full sun or part shade away from harsh winter winds. If necessary, prune during the growing season and not in the winter. Sweetbay doesn’t have any serious insect or disease problems. 

Mature Size: 10-35ft. Wide x 10-35ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Sun Exposure: Part Shade

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