Sweetbay Magnolia
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Sweetbay Magnolia Magnolia virginiana

Average Shipping Height: 2' - 3'
Item #3786
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  • Bare Root
    2' - 3'
    Member Price $14.99
    Reg. Price $19.99
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(Potted trees cannot ship to California.)
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The Sweetbay Magnolia grows in zones 5-9.
While it may not produce as many blooms as other magnolias, the sweetbay magnolia should not be counted out of your landscape plans. This tree flowers late in the spring, avoiding much of the frost that can spoil a blooming tree’s beauty. It also attracts a wide variety of songbirds with its fall fruit.

  • Produces creamy white flowers with light lemon scent
  • Yields scarlet-red seeds, attracting many birds
  • Will be delivered at a height of 6"–10" for bare-root; a height of 1'-3' for 1-gallon pot

Your Tree’s Personality

Mature Height


Mature Spread


Growth Rate

Medium to Fast



Sun Preference

Full Sun, Partial Shade,

Soil Preference

Acidic, Loamy, Moist, Rich, Sandy, Well-drained, Wet,

Wildlife Value

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

Planting Instructions


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