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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.

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Sweetbay Magnolia

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Height:

The heights we list are after we prune your tree.

Many Nurseries advertise heights before they prune, then cut off several feet before shipping. While this reduces their shipping cost, it gives their customer a shorter tree than they bargained for. The tree will likely need an extra year to grow back the growth that was trimmed.

We prune your tree throughout its life. This process takes us longer, but gives you more branches and quicker production.

Plus, we don't include the pot or root length in our measurements. This gives you an extra 1-2 ft. in tree size.

Our larger trees are usually one to two years older than our smaller ones and will typically give you better results the first full growing season.

5-6 ft.
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Sweetbay Magnolia
Planting Kit
Planting Kit Magnolia Trees Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Your tree arrives pre-pruned... ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:
  1. 2 oz of Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

  2. Breathable Tree Guard protects against gnawing mice, rabbits, deer and mowers.

  3. Magnolia Trees Slow Release Fertilizer Tablets. Your tree will get the optimal nutrition when it needs it most.
Fungi Tree Guard Fertilizer Tabs
Mycorrhizal Fungi 24" Tree Guard Fertilizer Tablets
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Planting Mix for Magnolia Trees
Planting Mix

Helps your Sweetbay Magnolia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Specially developed for plants that need a low pH. Here's how:

Mycorrhizal Fungi and Beneficial Bacteria... It's like a Probiotic for your tree... creating an explosion of fine hair roots that vastly improves nutrient and water uptake.

Course Organic Compost... loosens and improves all types of soils while promoting proper pH levels for acid loving plants. You get better drainage and moisture retention.

Microbial Fertilizers... including Sea Kelp, Yucca, and 100 other elements proven to gently feed your tree without burning the roots.


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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
Soil Conditions: Adaptable
Drought Tolerance: Good
Botanical Name: Magnolia virginiana
Does not ship to: AZ
Growing Zones 5-10
This plant is generally recommended for zones: 5-10
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Save thousands by shopping in the convenience of your own home instead of paying a landscaper for trees that struggle.

Tree to Door

Receive well developed, large trees and shrubs that thrive in your area.  Varieties that are easy to grow, long lived, and trouble free.  Your plants are clearly marked for size, pruned to a nice pleasing shape, and are delivered right to your doorstep.

No Chemicals

We shun growth regulators and other chemicals that make plants look good in the stores but struggle to survive once planted.

Large Size

Some nurseries charge you for a taller tree then chop 1/3 off, so it will fit in a shorter box. This saves them on shipping but can harm your tree and make you wait longer for it to grow back.

Can I Plant Now?

Yes... Your Sweetbay Magnolia can be planted any time of year... even Winter. Roots will continue to grow on warm days, giving your tree a head-start for Spring. 

How do I Request a Different Ship Date?

Call us at 888-504-2001, email us or enter your requested ship date in our shopping cart next to the billing information section. 

Additional Info for Those Who Love to Read:

Orders are occasionally delayed if we see really bad weather approaching, or if we encounter unusual circumstances. A small number of our plants show a specific release date. If you purchase one of these and would like your other items sooner, just let us know. 
 
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$15.00-$23.99 $11.95
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It's Easy to Plant your Sweetbay Magnolia


Step 1 - Dig Your Hole

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

If you're planting a hedge, mark out a visual guide by placing stakes five to six feet apart and looping string around them. Plant the where the stakes are and they'll grow together to make a dense privacy screen.

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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V ery dissapointed when they arrived. Were expecting a little more tree and a lot less box.Brenda & Charles Hudson
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
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
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December 31, 2012
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1 year 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
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December 31, 2012
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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
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December 31, 2012
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2 years ago
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.
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December 31, 2012
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3 years ago
I am so happy i purchased these sweetbays they smell so wonderful and are growing so nicely. Great purchased great company.
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December 31, 2012
Purchased
3 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
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3 years ago
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How many feet a year dose this tree grow?
A shopper on Aug 20, 2014
Best Answer: As far as I can tell it's 1' per year or more. It's growing fast.
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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.
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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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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.

http://www.plantingdirections.com/magnolia/
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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.
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