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Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweet, Vanilla-Scented Blooms

Dark green leaves, creamy-white flowers and a heavenly fragrance make Sweetbay Magnolia one of the most popular flowering trees! Great for specimen planting, it's sure to attract attention to your yard, especially when it's in full bloom. Deciduous tree, evergreen in southern regions. Grows 25 to 50 ft. tall. Blooms midsummer.

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  • Botanical Name: 'Magnolia virginiana'
  • Height: 25 - 30 feet, up to 50 feet in the South.
  • Spacing: 20 - 25 feet.
  • Depth: Plant so that the stain on the roots is just below soil level.
  • Spread: 20 - 25 feet.
  • Light Required: Full sun to partial shade.
  • Color: Creamy-white blossoms.
  • Foliage: 3 - 5 inch shiny narrow leaves, dark green above and downy-white on the underneath.
  • Blooms: Mid-Summer.
  • Fruit: Bright red seed cones in Fall.
  • Zone: 5 - 9
  • Form: Deciduous tree, evergreen in the South.
  • Flower Form: Round deeply cupped blossoms, 2 1/2 inches across with 6 - 9 petals. Fragrant.
  • Soil Requirements: Easily grown in acidic, medium to wet soils in full sun to partial shade. Prefers moist, rich, organic soils, but, unlike most other magnolias, tolerates wet, boggy soils. Also does quite well in the heavy clay soils of Missouri.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate growth rate. 12-24 inches per year.
  • Pruning: None necessary. Remove ill placed branches when as small as possible. It is much easier to remove crossed branches when young. Best time to prune would be late Winter to early Spring.
  • Comments: Stands out in the landscape with leaves that are distinctively shiny dark green. A prominent place in the landscape is a must to enjoy the full effect of these wonderful trees. The sweet fragrance of the blossoms in Summer is described as vanilla scented while others have described it as lemon or rose scented. Regardless of the scent description, the experience of growing and enjoying these shiny leaved magnolias is a good one!

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