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Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana


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Tree Planting Kit
Tree Planting Kit

Getting your tree off to the right start can more than double its growth rate. Use our planting kit so your tree is ready for explosive growth.

Your planting kit includes:

  1. Tree Stake Kit to help keep your tree stable, giving roots time to grow.

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

  3. 2 oz of Root Rocket™ Mycorrhizal Fungi so your tree can quickly explode with new root growth.

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Sweetbay Magnolia Planting Mix

Helps your Sweetbay Magnolia get established in a fraction of the time, become more drought tolerant, and grow faster. Here's how:

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. 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.

Use 1 bag of Planting Mix for each plant ordered.

Soil Contents
-t- Root Rocket™ Fertilizer
Root Rocket™ Transplant Fertilizer

2oz. Packet

Get your new plants off to the right start by using Root Rocket™ Transplant.

This soil amendment contains 16 strains of mycorrhizal fungi, biostimulants, beneficial bacteria and Horta-Sorb® water management gel.

Simply sprinkle the product into the planting hole adjacent to the root ball when planting.

The organisms will start to work right away supplying the roots with much needed nutrition.

The specially formulated Horta-Sorb® will reduce transplant stress and aid in water retention.

1 packet per plant

Root Rocket Fertilizer

Growing Zones: 5-10
(hardy down to -10℉)

Growing Zones 5-10
You are in Growing Zone: 6

Mature Height:

30-50 ft.

Mature Width:

20-25 ft.


Full Sun, Partial Sun


20-30 ft.

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Botanical Name:

Magnolia virginiana

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Snowy White Blooms

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.

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Customer Reviews

4.6 / 5.0
16 Reviews
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Growth Rate
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
January 1, 2013
over 4 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
January 1, 2013
over 4 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
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
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
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
over 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.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
I am so happy i purchased these sweetbays they smell so wonderful and are growing so nicely. Great purchased great company.
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Growth Rate
love it
not sure yet the growth rate since I just planted it a few weeks ago, but hardy she is.....got her just as the weather went to crap and the frost hit, but I planted her and the waters came and she loved it...can't wait to see how she will do later this summer
May 10, 2016
Carroll, OH
1 year ago
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This tree seems to be doing well we had a very unusually warm March and then frost so I hope it perks up
January 1, 2013
over 5 years ago
Growth Rate
So far so good
It has only been a few weeks and it was definitely pruned back to nothing but both the Sweetbay Magnolia and Hydrangea are doing great in their new home. I was concerned because the soil is so clay-heavy but they seem to be thriving. Can't wait to see how they do in their first year.
May 17, 2016
Denver, CO
12 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for 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.

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.

Planting & Care

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.

Questions & Answers

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Love Magnolia trees! Had one as a kid outside my window! They smell wonderful!
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
Stanley R on Apr 22, 2017
Love Magnolia trees! Had one as a kid outside my window! They smell wonderful!
melinda n on Apr 24, 2017
It is suited for my location and it will look good in my front lawn.
Jaifa B on Apr 22, 2017
Stanley R on Apr 22, 2017
love the late spring blooming and summer
efie b on Apr 14, 2017
Tracy A G on Mar 27, 2017
Part sun - part shade
John T on Mar 11, 2017
I love, love, Magnolias!!💕
They do so well in my area! This is easy for me, a gorgeous floral tree...
So, very Happy!
Craig & AnnMarie M on Mar 8, 2017
Magnolia trees are a favorite of mine the real plus with this species is that you get a tree that flowers like a much smaller bush or shrub. This species gets very large and the blooms are unique and beautiful. The Lobbloly Bay tree in south Florida has a similar bloom. This tree is a show stopper!
Gary U on Mar 7, 2017
Beautiful flowers
Katrin S on Feb 19, 2017
It tolerates heavy clay, alkaline soil and has beautiful flowers.
Kelly W on Jan 28, 2017
Unique and Beautiful look
Shirley G on Jan 11, 2017
we have a magnolia and love the looks of it so we decided to get another one and the looks of this magnolia is beautiful
Eddy G on Jan 4, 2017
My son loves the way it looks and wants to have it in our front yard.
Amy H on Oct 29, 2016
My wife and I bought this gift for my brother and his wife. His mother-in-law recently passed and it is a tribute gift.
Rhonda & Derek W on Oct 29, 2016
I like magnolia tree. Jane magnolia is my favorite, but you don't have.
lillian l on Oct 24, 2016
We got this as it is a tree to memorialize our pet that past
Beau W on Oct 1, 2016
The great blooms and aroma.
Lloyd M on Sep 27, 2016
Its Beauty and Fragrance!!! Perfect for a Show Piece.... Love these trees....
linn j on Sep 17, 2016
We are doing a 'tree ceremony' for our upcoming wedding and this beautiful tree is hardy enough for our Illinois weather changes and yet so beautiful with out without blooms! Can't wait to get it!
Jaqie M on Aug 29, 2016
nice tree for front yard
TERRI W on Aug 27, 2016
Fast growing shade and color
Renate D on Aug 16, 2016
For the same reason I choose the Jane Magnolia. They are beautiful trees. Very seldom shed leaves and the flowers are beautiful. The only difference is the the Jane has pink to purple flowers and the sweet bay has white. I love these trees. A small part of home will be living in my yard.
Ramona L on Aug 14, 2016
We have a very large front property. This will look magnificent when grow coming in our driveway
CAROL E on Aug 14, 2016
Trina C on Aug 1, 2016
Needed a flowering tree that would fill space with fullness and would survive in full sun in a milder climate.
Chelsea H on Jul 30, 2016
It is for a dear friends birthday! Neutral color for her landscaping!
Rosalie L on Jul 22, 2016
Looking forward to seeing the blooms on this tree.
Faye F on Jul 21, 2016
Impressive tree. It will provide shade and beauty for years to come.
Thomas S on Jul 3, 2016
Always wanted a magnolia tree.
Hope C on Jun 25, 2016
different and beautiful
Rebecca E on Jun 16, 2016
Beautiful Tree. Please select me a Sweetbay Magnolia that has a straight trunk and balanced branches .
Thank you
William David Bowman
William B on Apr 7, 2016
I have really been wanting a magnolia tree but was scared to plant a southern magnolia even in the farthest corner of my yard for fear that the roots would adversely affect my house someday in the distant future. Hopefully, this slightly smaller variety will do the trick.
Amy H on Apr 1, 2016
cream color flowers was good for winter and hieght
rosemarie n on Mar 29, 2016
As a memory Gift!
Kelly M on Feb 23, 2016
My mother lives in Illinois.She has seen my Magnolia tree here in Mississippi. She has always wanted one, so I am sending the Sweetbay Magnolia for her birthday. Her birthday is February 3. I saw some good feedback about your trees and this influenced me to order from your company. Thank you for your help....Leslie
Leslie F on Jan 31, 2016
privacy and beauty
cynthia w on Jan 22, 2016
Color ~ YELLOW :-)
DANIEL D on Jan 12, 2016
It is suited for my location and it will look good in my front lawn.
Jaifa B on Apr 22, 2017
love the late spring blooming and summer
efie b on Apr 14, 2017
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
Hello......Will this tree handle clay based soils?
Shay L on Nov 5, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I think it might, but make sure that you leave ample room around the roots (follow the directions for planting) to ensure that the new root growth can get established in good soil before it fights the clay
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
BEST ANSWER: Water the Magnolia frequently keeping the soil moist during the root system’s early development, then periodically as necessary. Water just beyond the branch line, to reach the full extent of the roots.
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.
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.
How tall and broad does this tree grow?
earthocean on Oct 22, 2014
BEST ANSWER: I have one 30 years old. It's been topped a couple of times. It's about
25 feet wide and 25 feet high. A beautiful tree. Planted 3 more after
hurricane Sandy. This tree survived the storm!
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.

Is this an evergreen?
t m on Mar 15, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in California where the climate is freezing in winter and hot in summer. Although my tree did not stay truly evergreen, it is very hardy and has made it through wind and dust storms, some snow and freezing temperatures. I hope that it will start to turn greener now that the weather is turning warmer. It is a young tree, and I did have two beautiful flowers last summer.
does this tree smell?
Mari Anne on Apr 18, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I bought the tree a few years ago. It gets blooms in the spring they have a lite smell. The tree sits away from my house so don't really notice the smell. Once it blooms in spring then green leaves the rest of the year.
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.
I live in southern California in drought condition, zone 9-10 clay soil. zip 93012. Will a Sweetbay Magnolia survive in our dry climate?
Cynthia O on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Sweetbay Magnolia, from my experiences, is quite tolerant of a variety of conditions. It's foliage is fairly small, so it shouldn't demand excessive watering. Definitely amend the soil in the area where it is planted, with peat moss, humus or similar material. Mulch it well to help retain moisture. There are products on the market that can be added to the soil which aid in water retention. As well, consider a location on the property, where the plant is somewhat sheltered.
Is this an evergreen?
Pastel on Jul 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The Sweetbay Magnolia is an evergreen for zones 8-10, then semi-evergreen to deciduous zone 5 and 6.
I live in south east oklahoma, how fast do these grow?
Mike D on Dec 28, 2015
BEST ANSWER: MIke, I planted one about a year ago. I live in North Central Florida where summers are hot, but never breaking 95°. It was a scrawny 5 foot tree. Now it is over 10 feet tall with a LOT of greenery. We DO get a decent rainfall at certain times of the year, but we also get droughts, so I do water the tree during those times. I have always been happy with purchases from FGT, and this is no exception. We haven't had any blooms yet, but I'm sure they will show up in a few months. But our weather is funny. It' like spring and summer 11 months of the year, so blooms appear at different times.
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 having this tree next to a pine tree matter? The pine tree is very big and throws a lot of pine needles.
Caryn M on Jan 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: From what I have seen, I think this tree does well with direct or mostly direct sunlight - I would consider that in placing it too close to the pine.
Do magnolia trees grow well with Pine trees in the same yard close to them?
Carol W on Oct 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I recently planted a Sweetbay Magnolia in my yard within 25 feet of pine trees and see no effect on any of the trees.
When should you trim or top a sweet bay magnolia tree?
Cherie R on Jun 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Prune your Magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. Deciduous magnolia trees should be pruned right after bloom. Prune Evergreen Magnolias, right before spring. When pruning, remove the branch down to its base. Prune your tree to maintain the required shape as well as to keep the rapid growth of branches under control. Prune the lower branches as necessary as the tree grows.
Does this variety produce a pod with red berries?
Barry H on Dec 12, 2015
BEST ANSWER: Yes they produce red berries.
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.
Is there a guarantee ?
Kathy on Dec 18, 2014
BEST ANSWER: Yes we have a standard 45 day warranty. You can purchase a 1 year warranty for 10% of the cost of the tree.
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.
My Wife loves this tree however I need to hold off purchasing till Tuesday would you have more should you sell the remaining ones? Please let me know Thank you Kelly Bade
Kelly B on Apr 21, 2017

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