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Growth Rate

  • Moderate: Sweetbay Magnolia grows at a moderate rate, typically adding about 1 to 2 feet in height per year under optimal conditions.


  • Mature Height: Generally reaches a height of 10 to 20 feet.
  • Mature Spread: Has a spread of 10 to 15 feet.

Growing Conditions

  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun to partial shade. Can tolerate more shade than some other magnolia species.
  • Soil: Thrives in moist, well-drained, acidic soil. It can tolerate wetter conditions than many other magnolia varieties.
  • Watering: Regular watering is beneficial, especially during dry periods, to keep the soil consistently moist.
  • Hardiness Zones: Suitable for USDA hardiness zones 5-9.

Additional Notes

  • Foliage: Sweetbay Magnolia has attractive, glossy green leaves with a silvery underside, providing visual interest.
  • Flowers: Produces fragrant, creamy-white flowers in late spring to early summer, which adds to its ornamental appeal.

Magnolia 'Sweetbay'

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