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Sweetbay Magnolia TreeMagnolia virginiana

83 reviews
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Tree
  • Sweetbay Magnolia Tree

    Sweetbay have lighter green foliage and less leathery leaves than Southern Magnolias.

  • Sweetbay Magnolia Tree

    Sweetbay have lighter green foliage and less leathery leaves than Southern Magnolias.

* Images shown are of mature plants

Sweetbay Magnolia TreeMagnolia virginiana

83 reviews
Flowering Trees
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Snowy White Blooms and Dense Shade

Why Sweetbay Magnolia Trees?

The Sweetbay Magnolia Tree delivers creamy-white blooms on a beautiful, dense shade tree. And this magnolia's stunning flowers burst in late spring and early summer, giving you a blizzard of blooms.

Often grown as ornamental or showpiece trees, the Sweetbay's beauty belies the strength within. This is one of the most pest resistant Magnolia Tree you can find. It can tolerate very moist soils and can even survive standing water. So, the glossy green leaves with a silver-tinted underside, signature for the Sweetbay, grow without much effort on your part.

Why is Better

But the best part? Because we've planted, grown and shipped your Sweetbay Magnolia with absolute care, you get durable, long-lived growth. We've done the hard work ahead of time at our nursery so that you get a ready-to-grow Sweetbay, delivered right to your door with a healthier root system and more developed branching than you'd find at big box or other nurseries.

With the Sweetbay Magnolia, you get it all...full shade, vibrant flowers and disease resistance. Get your own Sweetbay Magnolia Tree today!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Choose a location away from cement sidewalks or driveways. If possible, pick a spot on the Northside of your yard with a safe distance from the house. This will enable the maximum exposure to the sun, resulting in more blossoms.

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. The hole should be dug slightly larger than the root system of the plant, 2 to 3 times the width and just as deep as the root ball. Position the tree in the ground and mix the soil with the compost. 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. Apply some mulch after planting to moderate soil temperatures and moisture conditions.

2. Watering: Water the Sweetbay frequently during the root system’s early development, then periodically as necessary (in the first couple of growing seasons, water twice weekly or check the surrounding soil for dryness). Water just beyond the branch line to reach the full extent of the roots.

3. Fertilizing: You can feed your tree if new growth is noticeably slow. Use a controlled-release fertilizer formula, and be sure to follow the application instructions on the bottle for optimum effectiveness.

4. Pruning: Prune your Magnolia at the first sign of any dead leaves, branches or flowers. 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.

Shipping Details

Estimated Shipping Time: Most orders ship immediately. As noted on the website, some items are seasonal, and may only ship in spring or fall. Once your order is shipped, you'll receive an email with a tracking number.

Amount of Order Shipping Charge
Less than $129 $19.95

Product Details

Mature Height: 30-50 ft.
Mature Width: 20-25 ft.
Sunlight: Full Sun
Growth Rate: Moderate
Botanical Name: Magnolia virginiana
Does Not Ship To: AZ
Grows Well In Zones: 5-10 outdoors
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5-10 outdoors       Map

Growing Zones: 5-10 outdoors

(hardy down to -10℉)

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Nicole H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

So far so good

Came packaged well and in good shape, like everything else we have ordered from FGT. Seems to be doing well, but hasn’t put out a lot of new growth or anything just yet. Excited to see how she is doing in another year or so!

Andrew V.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Here… take my credit card

I was shocked when I opened the box. The tree had blooms on it and a few buds. It seriously looked like I purchased it from a local nursery. It was packed with extra care and I could tell the company went the extra mile to assure healthy, beautiful trees. Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review
Vidyanand A.
United States United States
I recommend this product

This nursery sells strong healthy plants. 5 stars

I Bought sweet Bay Magnolia from this nursery.. This is now post 2nd winter in NJ. I usually do not write reviews. But this nursery has made me write one. The magnolia baby is very very sturdy and strong. It already gave us 7 fragrant flowers and new buds are appearing. I am sure the plant is going to turn into a strong tree. new leaves new buds .. it loves water .. i love this plant so I use plant tone, cow manure and small amount of Dr. Iron because of bad non draining soil I got.. I also bought 2 Yoshino trees from this nursery and they look strong healthy too. They this year first time gave 2 tiny flowers each.. they take time to mature so understandable.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Flood tolerant

The trees arrived healthy and in moist soil. We got these trees because they are wet soil tolerant. I planted 6 of the magnolias and they did very well for a week or so. The area where they were planted then flooded and the water rose about 2/3 of the way up the trees. 3 of them dropped most of their leaves and 3 kept all the leaves. One blossomed while flooded. Water has receded and the 3 still have all of their leaves and the other 3 have 4-5 leaves each. Time will tell how much water they can tolerate.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Follow-Up Review Of Sweet Bay Magnolia In Central Alabama

As I noted in my previous review, this was a 4–5-foot tree I purchased from Fast Growing Trees and planted in early March of 2022 using the supplied standard planting instructions. I did start applying a gallon of Stark Bro's liquid tree fertilizer every ten days which I will soon stop applying. This fertilizer application was done only to encourage root growth into my hard soil and to help prevent planting shock of the new tree. This tree is growing extremely well and has already begun making BLOOM PODS! It currently has already formed five bloom pods increasing in size every day! This is also in addition to many new leaves and small branches that have sprouted out within the nice top foliage the tree arrived with. I expected the tree would leaf out and grow well here in Zone 7B, but I never expected it would start making blooms so quickly. THIS TREE HAS ALREADY GROWN IN HEIGHT ABOUT EIGHT INCHES IN LESS THAN A MONTH! With these five bloom pods appearing so soon, I can only image how many more will start appearing! At this rate of growth, it won't take this Sweet Bay Magnolia tree long to become a beautiful flowering shade tree in my yard. The only added care it really has needed since planting has been some additional watering about once a week, in addition to what has been some sparse once-a-week spring rainfall this year here. When I notice the new top growth starts appearing slightly wilted, I give the tree a five-gallon bucket of water at its roots. As soon as I give the plant that bucket of water, the slightly wilted look is gone within an hour - even though it is planted in full sun! I couldn't be happier with this purchase!