Our size: 7 feet
Mature size: 10-35'
Full sun and part shade (4 hours of direct sunlight); well-drained and wet soils
White spring blooms
Cone-like seeds with red fruits can be showy in fall
Photo: Mary Keim
Pollinator value: High. Attracts native bees; butterfly larval host; sweetbay silkmoth larval host; attracts birds
Sweetbay magnolia is sought after for its large, lemony scented white flowers that bloom in April and persist through July. Its glossy, green leaves have silvery undersides and persist into late fall. Foliage is considered semi-evergreen.
An excellent choice for shrub borders and along stream banks and in low areas.