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Sweetbay Magnolia

Magnolia virginiana


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-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
-t- Planting Mix
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.

Coarse 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- Tree Planting Kit
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.

-t- TreeGator® Jr. Watering Bag
TreeGator® Jr.

When you’re making an investment and effort in planting new trees in your landscape, you can assure their survival and growth by using TreeGator® - a truly simple and innovative drip irrigation system in a bag.

With hot summers and droughts the norm around the USA, TreeGator® is an absolute necessity to protect your new trees and shrubs.

TreeGator® is super easy to install without any tools, and it can easily be filled up with a standard garden hose or can even be connected to a rain barrel!

It's a super time saver that takes the worry out continually remembering whether you've watered your new tree or not. Plus, all the water that goes into the drip bag is used up with no waste, so TreeGator® is environmentally friendly with regard to water use.

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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.


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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

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Sweet Bay Magnolia
After losing four Sweet Bays from another gardening site--they just never did well--I returned to an old favorite--Fast Growing Trees and what a delight! I bought three Sweet Bays in the last year and each is doing so well, I feel as though I can breathe. Two are in the backyard and on in the front side yard. We have mercurial soil with an underlayment of heavy clay. We used clay breaker and other organic mixtures to help the trees along. I feel like a proud parent now!
November 11, 2018
7 months ago
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Love my magnolia
Very happy with my tree. It came in a nice package; was very easy to plant and is growing well. I planted it to celebrate birth of my first grand child and hope to see the tree grow with him.
October 7, 2018
3 months ago
Love this little tree!
After 3 weeks being planted, this tree has a handful of new growth! I'm very hopeful that it will last this winter!
September 1, 2018
4 months ago
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Very fast grower. Great tree!
This tree shot up like a weed, and looks great. Did well in relatively wet / clay soil. First flowers in year 2. Very happy with it.
Tall and thin so far.
Tall and thin so far.
August 25, 2018
1 year ago
Growing Zone:
Sweet Maggie - Cant wait to watch her GROW and BLOOM!
We were recently married and this was purchased for our new home as the 1 tree which did not pose a danger to it was taken out by Hurricane Irma. Our order was processed and delivered very quickly, everything arrived very well packed, so well in fact I had a little trouble getting into the box lol. Everything was there as promised, clear and concise instructions were also provided, everything was made so easy, if only they could have dug the hole for me! I cant wait to watch her GROW and BLOOM! Today is 07-19-18, If the site will allow us to update the review later I will try to remember to do so. We also purchased some pineapples and are very happy with both purchases thus far and would purchase from them again. Happy Growing!
Maggie, our new "Love Child" lol...We were recently married and this was purchased for our new home.
Maggie, our new "Love Child" lol...We were recently married and this was purchased for our new home.
July 19, 2018
5 months ago
It still growing. It’s doing well. I will update once it gets bigger. I have been ordering from Fast growing for years and would recommend their trees to everyone. Great quality and great customer service. Thank you
July 19, 2018
6 months ago
Growing Zone:
easy start
This tree came out of the box, showing a long and tough ride.I planted and watered it on arrival.after a week or two with plenty of rainfall, it began to grow with new healty leaves.
June 14, 2018
7 months ago
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Smaller than expected.
I hope that they will live. I bought two and they were smaller than I was expecting. I’d say maybe 6 inches tall. If I can get them to grow, I think I will be happy with them!
June 10, 2018
7 months ago
Growing Zone:
Great service
The plant came perfectly and in a package that was very easy to open. The plant was very well cared for and easy to transplant. There were two buds and they have opened beautifully.
June 9, 2018
7 months ago
Tree arrived in excellent condition and was approx 3 ft tall. I planted it according to the instructions and with all the wet weather we have had here in Florida it is just bursting with new leaves and starting to grow upwards. Can't wait until it starts to show blossoms. Also I bought a rainbow eucalypus which has already grown over 10 in of new leaves. Great products and would buy again if I had room to plant them
June 9, 2018
7 months ago
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Planting & Care

It's Easy to Plant & Care for Your Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay Magnolia Planting Diretions

The Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana) is a cold tolerant (as well as heat tolerant) flowering tree that is appreciated for not only it’s creamy array of white blooms but also its ability to provide lots of shade. Commonly planted in USDA growing zones 5-10, magnolias are planted primarily as showpiece or ornamental trees. Be sure wherever you plan to add this tree that there’s no restrictions on its growth as Sweetbay magnolias get to be anywhere between 35-50 feet tall and 20-25 feet wide at maturity. The Sweetbay is fairly drought tolerant and also not as prone to disease or pathogens.

Location: Choose a location away from cement sidewalks or driveways so that they are not disturbed by the rapid root growth of the magnolia. If possible, pick a spot on the northside of the yard with a safe distance from the house. This will enable the maximum exposure to the sun resulting in more blossoms.

Planting Instructions:
1) Choose a site that is rich in organic matter and drains well. If desired, you can add compost into the planting hole and mix with soil. A slightly acidic soil is best.
2) Carefully examine the root system, cutting off any roots that are growing in a circular pattern before planting.
3) The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant, 2-3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball.
4) Position the tree in the ground and mix the soil with the compost.
5) Hold the tree straight as you begin to back fill the hole, tamping down as you go to prevent air pockets from forming and then water to settle the soil.
6) Apply some mulch after planting to moderate soil temperatures and moisture conditions. This will also assist with keeping competing growth at bay.

Watering: Water the magnolia frequently 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.

Fertilization: Magnolias are susceptible to salt damage from over fertilizing, limit fertilizer application to iron chelates only as a treatment for “chlorosis.” You can feed your tree if new growth is noticeably slow with a controlled-release fertilizer formula. Just be sure to follow the application instructions on the bottle for optimum effectiveness.

Pruning: Prune your magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. Deciduous magnolia trees should be pruned right after bloom and trim 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.

Pests: The most common problem for magnolias is Chlorosis. Inspect the magnolia and be watchful for yellow leaves with green veins. Treat the condition by adding iron to the soil.

*Be careful not to over fertilize your magnolia because the tree is susceptible to salt damage. If leaves begin to exhibit burned edges, discontinue fertilizing and drain the soil with good irrigation.
*Don’t crowd out your magnolia. They tend to look their best when they stand alone.
*Avoid digging around the roots of the magnolia which can damage your tree.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this? Store
I like the shape of the mature tree for my landscape, it will also provide privacy.
arlene y on Nov 9, 2018
Beautiful tree and it can tolerate a wet foot. These are going to go on a section of my property that can flood periodically.
Alfredo G on Oct 31, 2018
I like the shape of the mature tree for my landscape, it will also provide privacy.
arlene y on Nov 9, 2018
fragrance, spring blooms
josie r on Nov 5, 2018
Beautiful tree and it can tolerate a wet foot. These are going to go on a section of my property that can flood periodically.
Alfredo G on Oct 31, 2018
Love Magnolia trees
David V on Oct 1, 2018
The first and only time I have seen a Sweetbay Magnolia was at Biltmore Estates and it put off the most wonderful scent. I've always wanted one since then!
Merrily T on Sep 21, 2018
I’m creating a butterfly garden and adding these trees will not only help attract butterflies but will add beauty and great fragrance to the yard.
Roy V on Aug 26, 2018
wanted good looking trees for church
Robert S on Aug 4, 2018
Product description and guarantee & fast shipping
James H on Jul 7, 2018
have watched HGTV and always wanted a Magnolia tree
Debra F M on Jul 4, 2018
Nice looking tree that should work with our soil. And pretty flowers to make our yard pretty.
Earlene P on Jun 30, 2018
Wife liked it :)
Christopher M on May 31, 2018
always wanted one, great price
Carla A on May 21, 2018
Mothers day gift !
Fred S on May 10, 2018
I need a water-loving tree to plant in a wet area
Ann F on May 3, 2018
Love these trees
Ronald N on May 2, 2018
Birthday present for daughter it’s just like mine she loves it ! Mine is so beautiful and 20 ft tall
Denise/gretchen w on May 1, 2018
Smell a rare magnolia you don’t see often
shirrel r on Apr 14, 2018
these trees are for a donation to a local park
Margaret M on Apr 11, 2018
Love the white blooms, heartiness, and size
Chad V on Apr 11, 2018
We love blooming trees and since you guys have a lot to choose from I want to get a couple from you just so I can see what kind of products you are actually shipping and if I'm happy with these product I plan to purchase at least one or two of every blooming tree you sell that works in zone 9. We have 10 acres and I hope to brighten it up with blooming trees
Uel P on Mar 16, 2018
size,flowers,can handle standing water
Richard R on Mar 5, 2018
It seemed like the perfect additional to my dads garden as a surprise birthday gift
Paul H on Feb 28, 2018
Flowers and scent
Angela H on Dec 26, 2017
I want my out doors to be my therapy so the scent is very important with the looks
melissa r on Nov 25, 2017
Beautiful tree to line a long driveway
Chris J on Nov 19, 2017
Barbara A on Nov 12, 2017
beatiful white flowers, and full. Ideal for front yard shade tree.
Robert F on Nov 11, 2017
Moon Garden
Alan K on Oct 5, 2017
My friends favorite tree
Patrick S on Sep 28, 2017
My neighbor has this tree, and it smells so good. I just had to have one of my own.
dawn w on Sep 17, 2017
Host plant to Tiger Swallowtail butterfly eggs
Kent S on Aug 11, 2017
looks beautiful !
Jaime A on Jul 18, 2017
very pretty tree. havent seen one around here before. Cant wait to get it
keith c on Jul 11, 2017
It's beauty and shade potential.
Roberto D on Jul 9, 2017
Ladybird Johnson wildflower center recommends for my area
Karen L on Jul 3, 2017
This tree is a native of New Jersey pines. It's a beautiful tree, in appearance and fragrance. It is very hard to grow from seed, so i decided to order one. It is doing great. Flowered already and is growing well. I can't believe how healthy it looked when it arrived last year.
John S on Jun 30, 2017
I need a flowering tree that can handle water and not drop leaves in the fall
ronald c on Jun 15, 2017
It is beautiful
Nina M on Jun 11, 2017
This flowering tree seems unusual and I like the idea of a magnolia tree.
Audrey A on Jun 8, 2017
I like that the Sweetbay blooms twice a year and one reviewer said it has a nice scent to the flowers. I also like I can get a 3 - 4 foot tree.
Karen M A on Jun 2, 2017
We have always liked the magnolia tree. After filling in our pool we have need of a shade tree. The tree came with no leaves that have curled. It looks like it was just potted. Just after a few days with the root rocket our little tree has new growth
Darwin P on May 31, 2017
I needed a few evergreen trees that don't get too tall, yet are fine with very wet soil conditions. Also wanted some blooms so this was a great choice.
John J on May 26, 2017
It was a tree my husband had in his yard growing up.
Jerrica S on May 20, 2017
I am for the South and this reminds me of the beautiful Magnolias that grew at our home there. I am in hopes that it grows well at our new residence in CA.
Daniel C on May 13, 2017
Grows in wet soil conditions.
Houston R on May 13, 2017
They are beautiful trees
Anna Marie B on May 11, 2017
Sheila B on May 5, 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
fragrance, spring blooms
josie r on Nov 5, 2018
Love Magnolia trees
David V on Oct 1, 2018
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
BEST ANSWER: You can plant the Sweet Bay Magnolia any time of year as long as you can dig a hole in the ground. If you plant it in the Summer Months you would want to water your tree in the morning and that will help with water loss from evaporation and help the trees deal with the heat of the sun through the day. Make sure you give them a deep soaking down to the roots. We have planting directions which will also help with the planting.
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.
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: Hi yes this is an evergreen
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.
Will they grow in el paso tx?
Carmen C on Mar 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The growing zones are 5-10. Click the link to look up what growing zone you are in.
Usually single or multiple trunk tree?
Robert V on Mar 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mine looks like a single trunk but still young, small & thin.
Don't know if it it can change as it grows, not very knowledgeable about tree trunks.
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: At this point, I have not had any deer eat from my tree. I have four acres and I see deer on a weekly basis, sometimes even daily but have not had any signs of them feeding on it.
Do the leaves fall in autumn? I have been told they don't.
Pat T on Mar 28, 2018
BEST ANSWER: I live in Ohio on the north coast. My Sweetbay Magnolias don't loose their leaves until on into winter.
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.
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.
Does this kind of Magnolia have smaller leaves than the classic? I can't really tell from the photos. Thanks!
Cherylyn on Jun 26, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The leaves are smaller and not as stiff as the classic magnolia.
How far should I plant this from my house?
Noelia O on Mar 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We planted ours about 8 ft away from our house. It has given just the right amount of space to grow and still appear next to the house. They are beautiful
Does it have a guarantee?
Linda M on May 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: We have a standard 45 day warranty, if you feel like your trees dont arrive to you happy and healthy, please give us a call right away, we will note your account and help you try to save it. If it dies within the 45 days then we will give you a 100% store credit, for the amount you paid for the tree. You also have the option of purchasing a 1 year warranty for 10% of the cost of the tree. If It dies within that 1 year send us a picture and we will give you a 100% store credit for the amount that you paid for it.
Do you know if this type of magnolia is poisonous to dogs?
Kim L on Mar 7, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No this is not a poisonous plant.
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.
Show me the zones. Where is zone 7,8&9 ?
Larry S on Sep 10, 2018
When does plant have flowers?
Gladys P on Aug 24, 2018

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