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Sweetbay Magnolia

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Native trees and shrubs provide food and natural habitats for local wildlife and help reduce soil erosion, without invading our landscape. Consider planting this species, which is indigenous to the southeastern United States.
Tree / Shrub Type

Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana

This elegant magnolia captivates with sweet-scented blooms that emerge against a backdrop of glossy green leaves with a silvery underside. The tree produces striking red seeded fruit that attracts birds, while its foliage offers a lush, evergreen presence in warmer zones.

  • Dimensions: 10-35 feet tall, 10-35 feet wide
  • Water Use: Adaptable, but prefers moist to wet conditions
  • Light Requirement: Thrives in full sun to partial shade
  • Soil Moisture: Medium to moist soil
  • Ornamental Use: Ideal for creating an enchanting atmosphere in garden nooks or as a majestic standalone specimen. Its aromatic flowers and striking form add elegance to any landscape.
  • Wildlife: The flowers provide a haven for pollinators, while the fruit is a treat for local bird species.

Details: Sweetbay Magnolia

Mature Size

H: 10'-35' W: 10'-35'

Water Requirements

Moderate / High

Light Requirements

Full Sun / Partial Shade

Soil Moisture

Moist / Wet


Flowers / DEcorative Fruits

Wildlife Value

Attracts Pollinators / Bird-Friendly