Sweetbay Magnolia Characteristics
Sweetbay Magnolia are highly variable additions to any landscape. They can be grown as trees that reach up to 60' tall in warm climates or as multi-stemmed shrubs that reach only to 20'. The fragrant lemony flowers are abundant in spring, but often bloom sporadically throughout summer. The showy fruit is not edible to humans but can attract birds and other wildlife.
There are few serious disease or pest problems, but chlorosis can occur in alkaline soils. Sweetbay Magnolia may need protection from the harsh Pennsylvania winters as they are not particularly winter hardy.