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.
- Magnolia virginiana: Sweetbay Magnolia
- Magnolia virginiana 'Henry Hicks': 'Henry Hicks' Sweetbay Magnolia