The Sweetbay Magnolia is a great native small flowering tree that offers interesting branch structure. The flowers bloom from May to September and are extremely fragrant, so plant this beauty near a patio to be enjoyed in the summer. The long narrow leaves add a distinctive look to the landscape and are especially ornamental when their silver undersides can be seen. If planted in a sheltered location, the leaves will often stay on the tree throughout the winter. In the wild the tree is found along moist stream banks and is a home in a shady moist location but it is very adaptable though and can be grown in a sunny location.
Growth Rate: Average. Form: Oval, rounded and upright or erect. Height: 10′ to 25′. Spread: 10′ to 20′. Exposure: Full sun to full shade. Bloom Color: White to ivory. Bloom Time: Summer.