Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)

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Sweetbay magnolia is a small, multi-stemmed tree with leaves that shimmer in a breeze due to silvery leaf undersides. Cone-like fruits with bright red seeds mature in fall and can be showy. Fragrant creamy white flowers, which appear in summer, are succeeded by attractive red fruits. Sweetbay magnolia thrives in full sun or partial shade and is a useful ornamental tree for smaller spaces on moist acid soils.

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Street: Appropriate for restricted size planting sites; recommended by the City of Chicago Urban Tree Planting List
Park/Residential: Appropriate for landscaped planting sites including public parks, residential property, golf courses, cemeteries, etc.
Legacy: For plantings with an expected life span of more than 60 years; retained 50 percent or more climate suitability in models for the decade 2080
N/R +35 yrs: Not recommended for plantings with an expected life span of more than 35 years