- Hardiness Zone: 5-10
- Mature Height: 15-20' tall
- Mature Width: 15-20' wide
- Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
- Spacing: 15-20' apart
HEAVENLY SCENTED, LARGE CREAMY WHITE BLOOMS
- Heavily fragrant, creamy white flowers appear in late spring and early summer
- Bluish-green, semi-evergreen foliage with silver undersides emerge in spring and then transitions to a bright yellow fall color
- Produces fruit pods with orange-red seeds in late summer
- This beautiful, native tree is a great tree for the corner of your home or in a wet spot in your yard
- Hand Selected, Fresh from the Grower
- Ships on our trucks because of the size of the tree - does not fit in a box
Why the Sweetbay Magnolia?
With its airy habit and silver-backed leaves dancing in the wind, Sweetbay Magnolia will bring a feeling of lightness to your landscape, making a pleasing contrast to dark evergreens, stone, brick, and wood. This delicate Magnolia is heavy on fragrance, and every year you’ll look forward to late spring and early summer, when this small specimen tree opens its creamy-white flowers. They pour out a lovely lemony scent that you’ll come to associate with grilling out, backyard picnicking, sitting by the pool, and all the outdoor fun that takes place during that wonderful time of year. And, being a moderately fast-growing tree, Sweetbay Magnolia doesn’t take long to get the show underway.
English settlers called this tree the “Beaver Tree,” because they used the aromatic roots to bait beaver traps. They also used the flowers to make perfume and the wood to make veneers and small boxes. Spicebush and Tiger Swallowtail butterflies have been using this tree for eons to raise their young, so if you’re looking to attract either beavers or butterflies to your yard, this is the tree for you!
How to use in the landscape?
So many wonderful traits…where do we start? This environmentally friendly native tree has long bluish-green, semi-evergreen foliage with silvery undersides. Very fragrant, lemony-scented, creamy white flowers bloom in early summer and are followed by unique fruit pods with orange-red seeds. All of these exceptional characteristics make it an excellent choice for your outdoor living area.
Why Bower & Branch?
At Bower & Branch, it’s our job to know and grow trees… especially big trees.
- Trusted, Experienced Growers
- Trusted, Knowledgeable Expertise
- Trusted Brand of Quality Trees Across the United States
We do the hard part. Our trees and plants are grown and cared for by only the best, local growers for years before they find their forever home in your landscape. Bower & Branch is known for having hard-to-find, substantial sizes and selection. The quality of our trees and plants are consistent in health and vigor—always ready for immediate impact in your garden and instant curb appeal. We never rush our trees to reach a ‘grade size.’ Our trees are grown for quality height, vigor, health and age.
We believe in empowering homeowners with the truth about strong, healthy and structurally sound plants that are grown to perform in the ground after they leave the nursery for home delivery, always fresh inventory from the grower.
How To Plant
Sweetbay Magnolia is a neat tree with fragrant cream colored flowers in summer. They tend to be a little fussier than other Magnolias though. They prefer full sun to light shade and a protected location from harsh winter winds. Sweetbay also like soils that are acidic and a little on the organic side, they are also tolerant of moist soils. One major plus is that the Sweetbay is free of pests.
How To Water
They require keeping the soil moist (not too wet) after initial planting. Once established, they are more tolerant of drought conditions, reducing your hand-watering responsibilities.
How To Fertilize
During fall, feed your Magnolia Bower & Branch Elements Fertilizer once a year for about the first 3 or 4 years - this will give your tree all the nutrients it needs to provide lush new growth and flowers for the following spring.
How To Prune
Sweetbays do not require pruning, but if needed prune after it is done blooming - Sweetbays bloom on old growth, not new growth.
Hardiness Zone: 5-10
How Does Shipping Work?
Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our large trees require expert delivery and care, that means our large trees are shipped on Bower & Branch trucks. We are the only ones who know how to ship our big and bigger trees and plants with tender loving care.
We deliver your trees and plants directly to your driveway or curbside! Ask Bower & Branch about planting services and rates – we'd be happy to assist in installation.
*Big trees, Size XL (A) and bigger, will take approximately 2 to 4 weeks days to be delivered. - Sizes large (AA) and smaller (Treelings) will be shipped directly to your home by a local common carrier in a plant-safe box.
How Does Sizing Work?
The size of our trees have nothing to do with the container size like you may find elsewhere–big doesn't mean just height - it’s also vigor, age, and overall health.. Other online retailers are going to tell you that a plant is a seven gallon, that means nothing to your tree or plant (or you.)
Our trees for sale online are graded on large, x-large, and even bigger sizes. This is because our trees are sized by their age—the higher the letter, the more mature the tree. The age determines the trees’ overall height, size of the trunk and the overall branch density.
All of these characteristics are what you should be looking for when choosing a tree for immediate impact and instant curb appeal. Our extra-large tree and plant sizes are sure to wow you and your neighbors!
See the size guides below.
90 DAY SATISFACTION GUARANTEE:
Bower & Branch guarantees customer satisfaction within all product groups and sizes. If for any reason you are not satisfied with the product or experience, you have 90 days from the original date of purchase to request a replacement of the purchased product(s).
Reach out to a Plant Whisperer:- Email: email@example.com - Phone: 866-873-3888 - Or via Online Chat
Bower & Branch offers a Three-Year Tree Guarantee on all of our trees, sizes X-Large (A) and up. Only the finest and the most experienced growers are awarded the opportunity to grow for Bower & Branch, so we offer the best guarantee available.
If your tree(s) should fail for any reason during the three-year guarantee period, you will receive an online gift card in the amount that you originally spent on the tree.* You can then use this online gift card for any Bower & Branch Purchase.
* Bower & Branch provides online gift cards in the amount of the original purchase price of the tree(s). The amount does not include any additional costs such as delivery, planting, tax, or any other products or services. Online gift cards can be applied towards any Bower & Branch purchase on BowerandBranch.com and have no expiration dates. Bower & Branch does not guarantee tree replacement or availability of any desired product at any time. Cash refunds are not offered. Bower & Branch requires that all original tags and receipts are present when a guarantee request is initiated. The Bower & Branch Three-Year Guarantee only applies to plant material that has been planted in the ground. Container plantings are NOT covered.
At Bower & Branch, we do our best to honor all guarantee fulfillment requests to ensure customer satisfaction. However, we reserve the right to refuse the request if the required guarantee steps were not satisfied. Bower & Branch also reserves the right to deny any guarantee fulfillment request that is made as a result of animal damage, problems with plant hardiness and zone issues, or acts of nature (snow storms, hurricanes, and similar).
We are very, very pleased with the Magnolia tree. It arrived in perfect condition and is healthy and beautiful. Thank you.
Hello Vicki -
We are so happy that you love your new tree :) If you ever have any questions about it, please don't hesitate to reach out - we've got a team of Plant Nerds ready to help out if needed! We hope you enjoy your Sweetbay for years to come!
- Bower & Branch Plant Whisperers