Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants, Rain Gardens

Height: 10 to 35'

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Bloom Time: May to June

Bloom Color: White

Soil Moisture: Medium to Wet

Soil Type: Average, rich, organic.

Light Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone: 5,6,7,8,9,10

Other Names: beaver tree, swampbay, whitebay, laurel magnolia

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Sweetbay Magnolia is a showy flowering tree, which is very popular as a landscape tree in the world of native plants. It has a nicely rounded crown and usually a multi-stem trunk. In the spring they are known for their cup-shaped fragrant 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, eaten by birds and small mammals. Sweetbay Magnolia is the larval host to the amazing Sweetbay Silkmoth.


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10 to 35'

Container Size

1 Gallon

Bloom Time

May to June

Bloom Color


Soil Moisture

Medium to Wet

Soil Type

Average, rich, organic.

Light Requirements

Full sun to part shade

Hardiness Zone


Other Names

beaver tree, swampbay, whitebay, laurel magnolia

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At Direct Native Plants, we take many precautions to make sure your plants will arrive in the best condition possible.

Our perennials are grown in a 4” quart-sized pot. These plants are then cut back to fit our packaging, placed in a protective clamshell container (made from recycled materials), and then shipped to you in a cardboard box.

Trees and shrubs are grown in a 7” tall container (referred to as a 1-gallon pot), and depending on the species will be between 12” and 36”. We bag the root section of these plants to prevent them from drying out in transit and ship them in a tall cardboard box. PLEASE NOTE: These boxes can be shipped in bundles up to 6. After that we start a new package, so keep this in mind if you’re trying to get the best shipping rates.

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