Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana

Height: 30

Container Size: 1 Gallon

Featured Plant Category: Pollinator Plants

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



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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.

Additional information

Weight 5 lbs
Dimensions 5.5 × 5.5 × 30 in

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