All About the Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree
Sweet Bay Magnolia trees, also commonly known as Magnolia Virginia, has cones on it that are quite unusual looking if not even exotic and tropical looking. These trees are much more of a show-off tree than most other magnolia trees thanks to its huge white flowers that are creamy in color and cannot be missed. The large creamy white flowers are known to bloom in Spring and the Summer, and when they do, they let off a fragrance that is sweet and lemony. Anyone who passes by has to stop and quite literally Smell the 'roses' " as the saying goes.
Though they may look large and heavy, the leaves are quite light and flutter even with the slightest of breezes.
The leaves on the tree are a dark rich green on the upper side and about 3 inches long, but when they flutter in the breeze, you can see that the underside has a beautiful silvery tone.
Sweetbay Magnolia Trees grow to 30 feet tall
Suppose you are growing your Sweet Bay Magnolia tree in a southern climate where it is more hot and humid outside. In that case, your tree can be expected to grow to be about 30 feet high, but if you are planting it a little more north where the climate remains slightly cooler and mostly dry air in the Summer, then it can reach a height of 50 feet if not even more! Once fully grown, it has a beautiful shape to it even when the flowers are not in bloom, and when the flowers grow, it lets off a delightful fragrance. The flowers let off a sweet and lemony scent while the leaves and the branches that thrive off of it have a more spicy scent to it.
Sweet Bay Magnolia tree will help the environment and natural wildlife
Whether you grow the tree in your front or back yard or plant it in a park outdoors, you can rest in knowing that you are helping to benefit the wildlife in your area. It provides safety and covers for wildlife to sleep under, and nesting sites for little animals to build their homes. It is also a favored spot for the Sweetbay silk moth to grow in. It is such a favored tree for wildlife that early settlers in America gave the Sweet Bay Magnolia tree the nickname of the "Beaver tree" because the roots worked so well as bait for beaver traps.
How to take care of and grow your Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree
Sweet Bay Magnolia trees are best to be grown in areas that are urban or in narrow corridors that do not have a ton of room but need a tree that is nice and full but compact. They need much sun, so you need to plant it in a lovely bright, clear area, and soil that is medium-moist. They need much water and grow best in wetlands, as even if you water it often, you will not be able to grow it in dry soil. They can easily survive through winter, though you may need to give it a little extra protection with added mulch around the roots if you know that the winter is going to be especially harsh. It grows best with a general fertilizer on it for the first three years after it has been planted and will not need to be fertilized after three years.
The Sweetbay Magnolia is shipped bare root.