Monday, June 8, 2015
Type This is a flowering tree, typically planted for its profusion of spring flowers.
Hardy range The sweetbay magnolia can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 5–9.
Height The sweetbay magnolia grows to a height of 10–20' and a spread of 10–20' at maturity.
Growth rate This tree grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.
Exposure Full sun and partial shade are best for this tree, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day
Bloom Color Produces creamy white flowers 2–3" in diameter that carry a light lemon scent.
Bloom Time Blooms May through June, avoiding damaging spring frost.
Wildlife Value The fruit is eaten by gray squirrels, white-footed mice, turkey and quail as well as a variety of songbirds including vireos, towhees, Northern flicker and blue jays.