Sweetbay Magnolia Tree
Sweetbay magnolia tree is native to southeastern United States and known for producing radiant large white flowers. Since it prefers moist, wet soils, it is perfect for planting in swampy areas. Additionally it is easy to grow and its red fruits provide sustenance for many animals, including songbirds. Although it grows more in the south, in 1806, some people found a colony of sweetbay magnolias growing in Massachusetts. Consequently, many plantsmen, poets, preachers and tourist-trade seekers visited this site and it is a tourist attraction still.
- Uses: Because of its beautiful flowers, these magnolias are perfect for a garden. Since they are adapted to wet soils such as stream banks and boggy areas, you can plant them in a place where rain run-off is an issue.
- Size/Shape: These trees grow up to 10′-20′ high with a 10’-20’ spread. Additionally you can grow it as a vase shape and can be multi-stemmed or have a single trunk.
- Color: These trees have 2″-3″ creamy white flowers. Additionally it produces beautiful clusters of red fruit.
- Hardiness Zones: 5-9
- Pests and Diseases: Although this magnolia doesn’t have issues with diseases or pests and is deer-resistant, it is susceptible to chlorosis in alkaline soils.
- Bloom Period: It blooms from May-June. Therefore a late spring frost is not likely to damage it.
- Pollination: Since magnolias are some of the oldest of the flowering plants and as existed before bees, butterflies and moths evolved, they are pollinated interestingly by beetles and flies.
- Cultivation: With full/partial sun and ideal conditions, it will grow 1-2 feet per year. You can prune after it blooms and train it to have a single trunk since it naturally grows with several.
- Soil Preference: It tolerates wet and swampy sites and needs acidic soils.
- Wildlife Value: Animals love the seeds, such as squirrels, white-footed mice, turkey, quails, and songbirds including vireos, towhees, Northern flicker and blue jays.
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