10-35' high and wide at maturity
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
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. Sweetbay magnolia attracts birds and is a larval host for the sweetbay silkmoth (Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center).
Plant it outside your kitchen window or by your deck or patio. It also makes an excellent choice for shrub borders and along stream banks and in low areas.