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The large, white bloom and yellow center of the Audubon native Sweetbay Magnolia and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Sweetbay Magnolia
A closeup of the native Sweetbay Magnolia creamy white flower with yellow stamens
A native Sweetbay Magnolia tree on a white background
A map highlighting the locations where the Sweetbay Magnolia can be found natively growing
Baltimore Oriole perched on a tree branch
A closeup of the Northern Mockingbird's face
American Robin perched on a shrub
Northern Cardinal perched on a tree branch
The large, white bloom and yellow center of the Audubon native Sweetbay Magnolia and four varieties of native birds that benefit from the native Sweetbay Magnolia
A closeup of the native Sweetbay Magnolia creamy white flower with yellow stamens
A native Sweetbay Magnolia tree on a white background
A map highlighting the locations where the Sweetbay Magnolia can be found natively growing
Baltimore Oriole perched on a tree branch
A closeup of the Northern Mockingbird's face
American Robin perched on a shrub
Northern Cardinal perched on a tree branch

HEAVENLY SCENTED, LARGE CREAMY WHITE BLOOMS ON A WONDERFUL NATIVE TREE

FEATURES:

May Benefit & Attract: thrushes, waxwings, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, vireos, hummingbirds, and wrens

  • 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 bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
  • Hand selected fresh from our grower
  • Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship to: AL, AR, MS

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-10
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Audubon® Native Sweetbay Magnolia

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Audubon® Plants for Birds: Magnolia virginiana

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HEAVENLY SCENTED, LARGE CREAMY WHITE BLOOMS ON A WONDERFUL NATIVE TREE

FEATURES:

May Benefit & Attract: thrushes, waxwings, finches, mockingbirds & thrashers, chickadees & titmice, orioles, cardinals & grosbeaks, crows & jays, sparrows, vireos, hummingbirds, and wrens

  • 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 bird-friendly native plant provides food and shelter for local and migrating birds and other wildlife
  • All Audubon® branded trees and plants are grown 100% Neonic-free by Bower & Branch, making these plants safer for the birds and safer for the environment
  • The National Audubon Society protects birds and the places they need, today and tomorrow
  • Hand selected fresh from our grower
  • Due to federal and state laws, we are unable to ship to: AL, AR, MS

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-10
  • Mature Height: 15-20' tall
  • Mature Width: 15-20' wide
  • Exposure: Full Sun/Part Shade
  • Spacing: 15-20' apart

Why plant Audubon® Native 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! Our “Single-Stem” Sweet Bays are grown in an unconventional way for the species—“Tree-Form,” like their cousin, the Southern Magnolia.

How to use Audubon® Native Sweetbay Magnolia 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.

Audubon® Native Plants & Trees

Audubon is devoted to protecting birds and the places they need, while Bower & Branch is devoted to the growth of true native trees and plants–no cultivars or hybrids. Together, we strive to unite communities in conservation and inspire individuals to cultivate a better world for birds starting in their own backyards, balconies, or patios. By guiding and recommending trees and plants truly native and beneficial to your region, we can really start to make a difference.

What is the definition of Native?

“In the United States, a native plant is defined as one that was naturally found in a particular area before European colonization. Native plants are the foundation of a region’s biodiversity, providing essential food sources and shelter for birds, especially those threatened by the changing climate. Since native plants are adapted to local precipitation and soil conditions, they generally require less upkeep, therefore helping the environment and saving you time, water, and money.” – The National Audubon Society

Learn how you can help birds in your home and community through Audubon’s Plants for Birds program.

Audubon® is a licensed and registered trademark of the National Audubon Society. All rights reserved.

Planting Zones

Hardiness Zone: 5-10

How To Plant Audubon® Native Sweetbay Magnolia

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

Water twice weekly for the first 3-5 weeks; then water weekly for the remainder of the year until winter. When you water, water slowly and thoroughly. Watering needs may be altered due to extreme weather conditions.

How To Fertilize

Incorporate Elements Starter Plant Food granular form into the soil when planting. If planting in spring or summer, start fertilizing late fall using Elements Starter Plant Food granular form on an annual basis each fall. Continue this for the first three years to get your plant well established.

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.

How Does Shipping Work?

Bower & Branch Trees, the real BIG trees, don’t fit in a box! Our big trees, sizes XL and bigger, require expert delivery and care, that means our extra-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 you. Ask Bower & Branch about planting services – we'd be happy to assist in installation.

*For Big trees and Shrubs, Size XL and bigger: Review our Seasonal Shipping Timelines and Policy here.

Your trees and plants are grown across the United States at various Bower & Branch Growers. Depending on your location, your plant orders may be shipped from various locations. Please expect orders with multiple items to be delivered over a number of days as a result. Orders made up of numerous items or selections will not arrive at your home on the same day.

Shipping Delays:

From time to time, Bower & Branch Growers may determine to delay order shipment based on various factors for plant health. Weather in your region, as well as, where your plants are grown, is always considered when shipping. Extreme weather conditions may delay some or all of your order. Bower & Branch allows our Growers to make final shipping decisions based solely to benefit your trees and plants’ health and success.

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.

How Trees are Shipped
Size 4XL D Trees Size 3XL C Trees Size 2XL B Trees Size XL A Trees Size LARGE AA Trees

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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).

 

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