Magnolia virginiana – Sweetbay Magnolia grows natively in the southeastern and mid-Atlantic states. In the northern range, it will generally grow up to 20-25′ tall tree in the PA and DE area with a spreading, rounded crown, or as multi-stemmed. This beautiful, luscious and very intriguing tree with silver leaf undersides produces a very sweet fragrance (lemony), 9 petal, creamy white, waxy flowers 3″- 4″ in diameter which appear from May through July. Red cone-like seed pods with bright red seeds mature in early fall. It is deciduous, but may retain many of its leaves over the winter, if in a protected area. It is intriguing, beautiful, and a great wildlife tree attracting song birds. USDA zones 5-9
Magnolia virginiana, ‘Sweetbay Magnolia’
Sweetbay Magnolia trees produce fragrant white flowers and brilliant red seed pods at the end of summer. This gorgeous tree is very fragrant and a must-have for well designed landscapes! It blooms from May through July with beautiful white flowers that are so fragrant and just a constant reminder about the true beauty of nature. It is also a wildlife tree an attracts birds feeding on its red seeds in August and September. These are large trees and a great value of beauty for the price.