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Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia Tree - Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson'
The Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson', is a magnificent, easy to grow North American native tree that produces sweetly fragrant flowers that look like creamy-white tulips perched upright at the ends of branches before opening to 8-petaled flowers typical of sweetbay magnolias. Get all the details below!

Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia Tree - Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson'

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Moon Glow Sweetbay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana  'Jim Wilson'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-10b   Find Your Zone



Special Attributes

The Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia, Magnolia virginiana 'Jim Wilson',  is a magnificent, easy to grow North American native tree that produces sweetly fragrant flowers that look like creamy-white tulips perched upright at the ends of branches before opening to 8-petaled flowers typical of sweetbay magnolias. This selection of Sweetbay Magnolia has attractive large, elongated, glossy, rich-green leaves. It has the ability to maintain a straight central trunk, which allows it to be grown full to the ground or lower branches can be removed to form a very attractive tree with a visible trunk. Cold hardiness is better than other Sweetbay Magnolia trees. This amazing tree grows in full sun or part sun and tolerates wet or average soil conditions. Hardy in USDA Plant Hardiness Zones 5a-10b, evergreen in USDA Zones 7a-10b.




Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing up to 35 feet tall with a spread of up to 20 feet, the Moonglow Sweetbay Magnolia is ideal for use as a single focal point specimen, in groupings, or in straight or staggered rows in privacy screen plantings. Can also be useful to frame the corners of tall homes and other buildings. A fine addition to fragrance gardens, North American Native gardens, and wildlife gardens.

Suggested Spacing:  12 to 15 feet apart for privacy screens;  22 or more feet apart for space between plants 




Cultural Preferences

The Moonglow Sweet Bay Magnolia is very easy to grow in a most any soil including wet or boggy soils.  It grows well in full sun, part shade, or mostly shade.

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 5a-10b   Find Your Zone
Plant Type:  Evergreen to Semi Evergreen Flowering Tree
Height at Maturity:  35'
Width at Maturity: 20'
Spacing:  12-15' for privacy screens;  22' or more for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Upright, Oval
Flower Color:  Creamy-White
Flower Size:  3" diameter
Flowering Period:  Late Spring through Summer
Flower Type:  Single, Cup-shaped
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes - Sweet lemony fragrance!
Foliage Color:  Rich Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention, Birds
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.5 - 7 (Acid to Neutral)
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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