Sweetbay Magnolia for Sale

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The flowers of the Sweetbay Magnolia are fragrant and creamy-white. They put on a show in late spring through early summer and are similar to southern magnolia blossoms.

Sweetbay Magnolia

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The Sweetbay Magnolia delivers creamy-white blooms on a beautiful, dense shade tree.

This magnolia’s stunning flowers burst in late spring and early summer, giving you a blizzard of blooms. They are considered to be very showy in nature, and have been praised by many horticultural experts. 

Sweetbay Magnolias are often grown as ornamental or showpiece trees. 

This is one of the most pest resistant magnolia trees you can find. It can tolerate very moist soils, and can even survive standing water. 

Sweetbay’s have glossy green leaves with a silver-tinted underside… which gives your tree a unique frosted appearance.

With the Sweetbay Magnolia, you get it all… full shade, vibrant flowers and disease resistance.

Growing Zones: 5-10

Mature Height: 30-50 ft.
Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full - Partial
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Magnolia virginiana
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-10
This plant is recommended for zones: 5-10
(green area above)

Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

Select a site with full to partial sun and moist or well drained soil for your Sweetbay Magnolia.

First, dig each hole so that it is just shallower than the root ball and at least twice the width.

Then loosen the soil in the planting hole so the roots can easily break through.

Use your shovel or try dragging the points of a pitch fork along the sides and bottom of the hole.

Step 2 - Place Your Plant

Next, separate the roots of your Sweetbay Magnolia gently with your fingers and position them downward in the hole.

The top of the root flare, where the roots end and the trunk begins, should be about an inch above the surrounding soil.

Then make sure the plant is exactly vertical in the hole.

To make it just right, use a level.

Step 3 - Backfill Your Hole

As you backfill the hole, apply water to remove air pockets.

Remove debris like stones and grass and completely break up any dirt clumps.

Water your Sweetbay Magnolia again after the transplant is complete.

To help retain some of that moisture, it's recommended that you place mulch around each plant to a depth of 2"-3" up to but not touching the trunk. Organic mulches such as wood chips also help to better soil structure as they decompose.

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We planted this tree within a hour of arriving and it is doing beautifully. I think it has been 6 weeks now and it has grown at least 8 inches with new growth all over. Tody I was surpised by 3 flowers, with more buds in the works. A very healty tree. I plan to order more
December 31, 2012
over 2 years ago
I received my sweetbay in perfect condition. planted it this week and is doing great in the south texas heat, excellent tree and good service, I will be purchasing more trees soon
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
My Sweetbay Magnolia was shipped and received in perfect order, the packing of the tree for shipping was done with the utmost care for the tree in mind. The tree hasn't necessarily ""grown"" in the last nine months, but it's healthy and always full with leaves and has already had numerous blossoms on it. I think I made a great purchase when I bought this tree and I look forward to its future growth
December 31, 2012
over 3 years ago
Growth Rate
wanted to be able to order more
We really were excited to order this tree. It came looking great! Seemed fine for a month or two, then started losing leaves, then turned yellow and shriveled to nothing. Luckily we only ordered 1 to test it out, we were planning on ordering a bunch more this fall to add to the area. Any suggestions? All the other shrubs we planted near it that we bought locally are doing exceptionally well. Everything but this and the two willow hybrids that we ordered from FGT are doing well. Of course this was one of two items that I REALLY wanted to do well!
November 19, 2014
Growth Rate
Perfect for my needs!
I was lucky. The magnolia was branching from the ground and I was able to split the roots into two plants, one of which I will train as a shrub.

They are doing well in our winter, and I am confident Spring will be wonderful for them! Probably too early for blooms, but who knows!

Thanks Fast Growing!

January 19, 2015
1 year ago
I am so happy i purchased these sweetbays they smell so wonderful and are growing so nicely. Great purchased great company.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
There are several dfeierfnt varieties you could try, depending upon what color you are looking for. Crape Myrtles are classed by size and plant shape. It sounds like the most appropriate combo for you would be something between 10 and 15 tall, with and upright/vase or globose shape. In that catagory are Catawba' (violet purple), Hopi' (medium pink), Pink Velour' (bright pink), and Tonto' (red pink). There are certainly more varieties that might work for you, but these are usually pretty easy to find.Good luck
December 31, 2012
This is a great company. I just love my sweetbays and want more in the future. They look so pretty when they bud out with pretty white flowers.
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
This tree seems to be doing well we had a very unusually warm March and then frost so I hope it perks up
December 31, 2012
over 4 years ago
V ery dissapointed when they arrived. Were expecting a little more tree and a lot less box.Brenda & Charles Hudson
December 31, 2012
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How often should you water this tree? We had 2 Magnolias die on us and think the gardener over watered them.
Astrid O on May 3, 2015
Hello......Will this tree handle clay based soils?
Shay L on Nov 5, 2014
When should the sweet bay magnolia be planted in zone 7? Will be in Coastal New Jersey. Zip is 08202.
A shopper on Sep 17, 2014
How many feet a year dose this tree grow?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Hi, this tree should not be considered a fast growing tree. I have had my tree for two growing seasons and it gas not grown much if at all. It has shown seed pods this season so I have high hopes to see some substantial growth over the next couple of years but it has not had much for mass growth as well so I may be in denial. It is a great looking tree and its flowers are fragrant but if you are looking for a fast growing shade tree then I suggest you continue your search.
I have an approximately 25' magnolia tree which was on the land when I bought the property 7 years ago. It looks extremely healthy but has never bloomed. Are there species of magnolia that do not bloom? I live in north central Florida. Thank you
Sharon S on Jun 11, 2014
BEST ANSWER: There are a few different reasons that can cause a Magnolia Tree not to bloom. Too much fertilizer, the incorrect amount of sunlight or water, etc.

Follow the instructions provided by the link below and you should be able to get your Magnolia Tree to bloom.

My star magnolia bush is not frangrant. Why?
A shopper on Jun 7, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The Sweetbay Magnolia has a stronger scent when the humidity is higher and the temperatures are cool. You should smell your Magnolia's sweet fragrance in the morning before the heat of the day comes on or at dusk. Put a few blooms in a bowl of water inside your home, the scent should float across your home.
my magnolia has not bloomed. why?
A shopper on Sep 17, 2014
BEST ANSWER: ,My sweetbay did not bloom this year, either, although it flowered nicely last year. My assumption is our rather cold and damp spring and not enough early sun was the cause. Not knowing where you are geographically and how old your tree is, I can't say for sure what the problem was with your tree, but my guess is that the spring weather was the cause. Bob Meade, Springfield, VA.
How tall and broad does this tree grow?
earthocean on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: so far it isn't more than eight inches taller and does not look like that pictures. first year it bloomed, but not at all this year and the leaves are spares! wish i had bought a southern magnolia locally. good luck.
do deer eat sweet bay ?
A shopper on Sep 19, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have no idea. better to ask why they wouldn't. not an issue where I live. also, a mature tree will be more than tall enough to trim up from the bottom to put delectible portions out of reach. run Bambi, Run!
will this tree be happy in a small area between a wooden fence and concrete courtyard?
jane w j on Jun 9, 2015
BEST ANSWER: They get 20-25 foot wide at maturity.
how to grow from seed?
A shopper on Jul 20, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Make sure that your seed is correctly germinated ans sown, plant it in the early Spring or Fall. However growing from seed will take much longer than growing one of our grafted trees.

Seed Collection: When ripe, the seeds are bright red, fleshy, oily, soft on the outside and stony on the inside. Gather when ripe. Clean and store in moist sand or sphagnum moss in refrigerator. Cold, moist storage also serves at stratification.
Seed Treatment: Stored seed must be kept moist and cool which will also serve as stratification. Stratify at least 60 days.
When is best time to plant this tree?
Carol P on Jul 10, 2014
BEST ANSWER: The best time to plant the Sweetbay Magnolia is in the early Spring or early Fall. If temperatures aren't scorching hot in the 90's or above then it's fine to go ahead and plant now.

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Picture the last time you took a walk in the woods. The young trees were not miniature bonsai versions of mature trees. Instead they were naturally thin and lanky. Young trees are programmed to race toward the light, before the competing vegetation crowds them out. Once established at 10 feet or more, they start developing a wide canopy and shedding lower limbs.

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Pruned trees and shrubs not only travel better, but become established much quicker. So rather than supporting extra foliage, they put their energy into sending out deep roots. Once that happens, your plants become hardier and quickly explode with new top growth. Above the ground, pruning helps your plants develop a more attractive form.

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