Saxapahaw, NC

The Flower of Carolina


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    Sweetbay Magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)
    Magnolia Family
    This is our most moisture tolerant and, in my opinion, landscape friendly magnolia. Trees can be either single stemmed or multi-trunked depending on how you prune in its younger years. Both ways look quite nice. While typically under 30’, some species can get taller under ideal circumstances. Some leaves will remain on the tree through winter, especially mild ones. The 2-3” creamy white flowers open in the day and close during the night for several days. Flowers are followed by attractive pinkish green seed pods dangling with bright red fruit for birds.
    Blooms: Cream, 2-3 weeks, April-May
    Leaves: Semi-evergreen, glossy green leaves with a silvery underside
    Space: 10-35’
    Soil: Moist-wet
    Exposure:  Full sun-Part sun-Part shade
    Fauna: Winter habitat, butterfly host plant, fruit for birds
    Seeds: Large, green-pink cones contain bright red fruits
    Deer Resistance: High
    Native Status: NC native, common in the Sandhills, uncommon in the Piedmont
    Provenance: NC, seed grown