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Sweet Bay Magnolia / Magnolia virginiana Hardy Planting Zones - 5-9 Mature Height - 10-35 ft Mature Width - 10 to 35 ft Sun or Shade - Full sun

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The Magnolia tree has existed since prehistoric times. To be precise, Magnolia fossils can be traced back one hundred million years. This is a healthy tree that has endured through numerous climates throughout earth's history. It is no wonder that this tree easily grows in several different countries all over the world. The leaves of Magnolia trees are extremely tough and resistant to damage caused by insects.

Magnolias are highly regarded throughout the world for their form and flowers. These trees produce fragrant, beautiful flowers in yellow, pink, white, purple or red. There are over two hundred varieties of Magnolia that grow natively in tropical, subtropical and temperate areas of the Caribbean, southeastern Asia, Central America, South America and eastern North America. Both evergreen and deciduous Magnolias exist. Evergreen Magnolias have glossy, leathery leaves, and some have stems, buds and leaf underbellies that are covered with beautifully felt hairs that range in color from gold to copper to brown.
Louisiana named the Magnolia as its state flower in 1900 because it was so plentiful. In the same year, school children voted the Magnolia as the state flower for Mississippi. In 1938, the Magnolia was voted in as Mississippi's state tree.

Three hundred years ago, a French botanist, named Pierre Magnol, admired this tree intensely and therefore transplanted it to Europe. It is for this reason that Charles Plumier saw fit to call the tree Magnolia, in honor of Pierre Magnol.

It is best to plant evergreen Magnolias in early spring. Deciduous Magnolias should be planted while dormant. In warmer climates, this would be during late autumn or winter, in cold climates, early spring is best. For both evergreen and deciduous varieties, regular irrigation and mulch are beneficial in the first six to twelve months during dry or warm periods.

If you are searching for the perfect tree to enhance your home’s landscaping, look toward the Southern Magnolia. It is a lush evergreen that does well in their planting zones. This tree can be planted from seeds and is a rapid grower. It requires a more massive yard of acidic, well-drained, fertile soil. The Southern Magnolia tree’s appearance is unique. The wide-spread branches form a cone shape, densely covered with large, broad leaves that are glossy and thick. The underside of the 5-8 inch long leaves appears velvety with a bronze tone. The 8-12 inch full magnolia blossoms are sweet-smelling, similar to spice-infused lemon, creamy white and quite dramatic looking with their broad petals. These trees bloom from spring through summer. Come autumn, the fruit seems like colored redwood cones, about 2-4 inches long, with kidney bean shaped, bright red, seeds.
Regarding landscaping uses, these trees can be used for a street side, framing, windbreak or shade. For limited space, you can still enjoy the charms of the magnolia utilizing a cultivar named the “Little Gem.” Slower growing, it shares the same glossy, deep green leaves and fragrant, creamy white blooms as the Southern Magnolia. Topping at 15-20 feet, with the width of 8-10 feet, and a narrower shape, it serves well as an espalier, growing flat against a fence or wall, blooming for six months. Whether the Southern magnolia, or the “Little Gem,” this tree provides shade and enjoying the coolness achieved by the multitude of broad leaves and, best of all, the heady, intoxicating, lemon spice scent of the magnificent blossoms is to appreciate this Southern native truly.