Magnolia virginiana

Common name: Sweet Bay Magnolia

Non-native plant

A magnolia that stays green (somewhat anyway) in winter here in Chicago? Craziness! It is true, though. We'd recommend that you plant it on sites that have a nice Eastern exposure or sunny protected cove in yards and gardens. This will keep it from the harms of the Chicago winters. The foliage is a glossy green with whitish undersides that we've yet to see a harsh blemish or pest on. The flowers are white and saucer-sized. (They remind me of white tea cups on a green table.) They can be showy once the tree gets large enough to produce larger numbers of them, but you'll notice the scent with just a few. The bark is smooth and gray. It does not like compacted soils and tends to favor richer soils (nice black stuff). Grows much faster than you might think.


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Pricing information per unit for 5 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $34
11 to 24 units $32
25 or more units $30
Pricing information per unit for 15 gallon growing method
1 to 10 units $90
11 to 24 units $80
25 or more units $75

Plant Details

Plant type


Soil type


Light exposure

Full Sun, Partial Sun

Bloom period

Late Spring


Requires Protected Site

Growth form

Multi-stemmed, Single trunk

General information

Mature height
25 Feet
Mature width
15 Feet
Max height
40 Feet
Max width
25 Feet
Growth rate
Flower color
Fall color
Orange Yellow

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