Magnolia virginiana 'Moon Glow'
Sweetbay Magnolia

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Full SunDeer ResistantRain GardenPart ShadeBird Friendly
DESCRIPTION
Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana 'Moon Glow'

'Moon Glow' is an improved selection with more vigorous growth, better cold hardiness and slightly larger blooms. The elegant flowers are creamy white and have a wonderful lemony fragrance. This tree flowers heavily in late spring to early summer and again sporadically the rest of the season. The shiny, deep green foliage is exquisite and often used in fresh and dried flower arrangements. The cone-like fruits contain bright red seeds that are an important source of food for birds in the fall. Combines well with rhododendrons and azaleas.

BENEFITS
Waxy, white fragrant flowers for many weeks
Evergreen to semi-evergreen foliage
Seeds are a good source of food for birds in fall
Larval host plant for the Sweetbay Silkmoth
Vigorous grower, grows in wet soil
NATIVE INFO

Native Range

Swamps, low woods and savannas, mostly along the coast; from Eastern Massachusetts and New York to Florida and eastern Texas.

Interesting Facts

Magnolia seed is surrounded by a bright red covering that is high in fat, which provides migrating birds with a source of energy.

GROWING TIPS

Plant in full sun to part shade. Grows best in acidic soil with consistent soil moisture. Prefers moist, rich, organic soils, but does quite well in heavy clay soil. Plant in an area protected from harsh winter wind in USDA Zone 5.

Mature Size: 30-35ft. Wide x 30-35ft. Tall

Hardiness Zone: 5-10

Sun Exposure: Full Sun to Part Shade

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