Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia blossom

Magnolias are signature trees of the South, and the sweetbay magnolia is a native tree that's beautiful and easy to grow.

The sweetbay magnolia is related to the well-known Southern magnolia. The differences are that its evergreen leaves have a silvery underside, and its creamy white, lemon-scented flowers are smaller in size. It's typically found in wetland areas.

Sweetbay magnolia usually has a single trunk and upright branches, making it a nice tree for planting in outdoor living areas like decks, patios, and pools.

It should be planted in full sun or partial shade, preferably in a rich, acidic soil. Be sure to water it at least twice weekly for the first few months.

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