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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

Features cup-shaped, sweetly-fragrant (lemony), creamy-white, waxy flowers which appear in mid-spring and throughout the summer. Oblong shiny evergreen foliage is silvery beneath. Cone-like fruits with bright red seeds mature in fall and can be showy.

  • Dimensions: 10-35 feet tall, 10-35 feet wide
  • Water Use: Medium
  • Light Requirement: Partial shade to partial sun
  • Soil Moisture: Medium to moist soil
  • Ornamental Use: Use near patios or on the periphery of woodland areas. Often planted in parks. Will grow in wet soils such as those found in low spots or near ponds/streams.
  • Wildlife: Attracts birds and butterflies.

Details: Sweetbay Magnolia

Mature Size

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

Water Requirements


Light Requirements

Partial Shade / Partial Sun

Soil Moisture

Medium / Moist


Flowers / Fruits

Wildlife Value