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Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Magnolia virginiana

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Flowering Trees

  • 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.

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Regular price $59.95 Sale price

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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

Growing Zones: 5-10 outdoors

(hardy down to -10℉)

Product Description

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

Shipping Alert:

You can still order, but due to cold weather, we have delayed shipping to the areas shaded on the map below. We want your new plant to thrive right out of the box, so we will wait on shipping your order until the weather is ideal. This includes anyone in Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, & 6. If you are unsure of your growing zone, visit our Growing Zone Finder.

Some plants are not available for immediate shipment, and delayed delivery is noted.

We will resume normal shipping in the Spring. Please see the table below for your approximate ship date.

Zone Map
Growing Zone Shipping Resumes
Zones 3 & 4 Week of May 2nd
Zone 5 Week of April 11th
Zone 6 Week of March 28th
Zones 6 - 11 Ships Now!

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 $15 $11.95
$15.00-$23.99 $13.95
$24.00-$39.99 $16.95
$40.00-$78.99 $19.95

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Ian C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sweetbay Magnolia Tree

The tree arrived nice and green with two blooms ready to open shortly. It was planted in memoriam of mom so we were thrilled. Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review
Denise B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sweetbay magnolia 6-7 ft

AWESOME! Delivered in A++ condition. Planted her Tuesday the 4th of May. Followed instructions. Her first bloom Zone 9... I’m very excited Will order from #fastgrowingtrees always moving foward! Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review
Jonathan T.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sweet Baby Magnolia

Great shipping of the tree. It arrived looking healthy and cared for. It was more of a stalk with a few leaves on it, rather than a "tree". I was a bit surprised, but not unhappy. Already, the tree is starting to bud and I know it will be a beautiful addition to our front landscaped yard. I bought the tree because as a child, my wife's grandmother had one in her front yard. My wife always spoke about the memories under that magnolia and how she missed her grandmother. When my wife turned 40, I bought this tree from you. I'm excited to have it grow healthy, strong and provide the same memories for her and our children. Thank you! Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review
Timothy C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Greatly pleased with our Sweetbay Magnolia

Had ordered 2 Sweetbay Magnolias from another provider and one died within days. They only offered a discount but had no trees available for more than 6 months. Decided to purchase from Fast Growing Trees, received my tree within 3 days. Amazingly fresh and healthy. Looking forward to enjoying it for years to come. Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review
Richard B.

Very fast grower. Great tree!

This tree shot up like a **** and looks great. Did well in relatively wet / clay soil. First flowers in year 2. Very happy with it. Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Review