Sweetbay Magnolia is a small, deciduous, showy flowering tree. It has a nicely rounded crown and usually a multi-stem trunk. In the spring they are known for their fragrant, cupped, lemon scented white flowers. The shiny green leaves with silvery undersides can be semi-evergreen in warmer climates. The showy white flowers give way to cone-like fruits that are a bright red color, and create fall and winter interest.