SWEETBAY MAGNOLIA

Magnolia virginiana

Sweetbay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana  is a graceful, fragrant southern, evergreen to semi-evergreen, wide columnar tree, ideal for use as a patio tree or specimen. The flowers tend to be slightly smaller, but are absolutely beautiful with a profound lemony fragrance. The foliage of a sweetbay magnolia is less glossy in color when compared to other magnolias, but the underside is a silvery-gray in color making it appear to shimmer in the breeze.

These trees are very adaptable but prefer full sun or part-shade and medium to wet soil. This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, reaching a maturity height of 40 to 50 feet and a 15-25 foot spread. It is suitable for USDA Zones 5-10 but note the species is deciduous in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 7 (and evergreen further south).

The bark, leaves, and flowers of the houpo magnolia tree are used in traditional medicine to treat anxiety, depression, and more. Many benefits of magnolia bark can be attributed to two powerful polyphenols — magnolol and honokiol.

SPECS: Native Name: Algonquin; Genus: Magnolia ; Species: Virginiana; Plant Type: Tree; Life Cycle: Perennial; Sun Exposure: Full Sun, Part Shade; Soil Moisture: Medium Wet, Mesic (middle); Height: 40′ — 50′; Spread: 20′; Plant Spacing: 20′ — 30′; Bloom Time: June — September; Bloom Color: Cream, White; Advantages: Fragrant, Pollinator conservation, Pollinators, Showy; USDA Zone: 5 — 10; Attracts: Beneficial insects, Bumblebees, Butterflies, Carpenter bees, Moths, Songbirds, Sweat bees; Tolerant: Drought; Plant Community: Companion plants include Inkberry Holly, Swamp Azalea, Titi, Virginia Sweetspire, High Bush Blueberry & Red Maple.;