How fast do sweetbay magnolia trees grow

How to Grow and Care for Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia, also known as swamp magnolia, is a beautiful flowering tree (or shrub) native to North America that can be either evergreen or deciduous, depending on the climate where it is grown. Unusually fond of wet soil, sweetbay magnolia tends to be a deciduous shrub in the northern part of the hardiness range, a small evergreen tree in the south. Its emerald lance-shaped leaves are silver or white on the underside, and it boasts creamy white, lemon-scented flowers that appear at the end of spring or in early summer. Each flower will open in the morning and close at night, lasting for around two or three days before falling from the tree.

Sweetbay magnolia grows at a moderate rate, usually adding 1 to 2 feet per year to its overall height. They're best planted in the early spring. It's possible your immature tree won't bloom for several years, but once it does the tree will bear red, cone-like fruit in the fall once their blooms disappear, eventually going dormant in the winter (in most areas).

Common Name Sweetbay (sweet bay) magnolia, swamp magnolia  
Botanical Name Magnolia virginiana
Family Magnoliaceae
Plant Type Tree
Mature Size 10–35 ft. tall, 10–35 ft. wide
Sun Exposure Full, partial
Soil Type Moist, rich
Soil pH Acidic (5.5 to 6.5)
Bloom Time  Late spring, early summer
Flower Color White
Hardiness Zones 4–10 (USDA)
Native Area North America (eastern U.S.)

Sweetbay Magnolia Care

The sweetbay magnolia tree is a relatively easy tree to grow in full sun or partial shade location, provided you can give it consistently moist, somewhat acidic soil. In more northern climates, expect it to remain more shrubby in size and shape; it will be a decent small specimen tree in the South.

This is not a plant-it-and-forget it species—sweetbay magnolias will require annual feeding, occasional pruning, and attention to pests when they attack. But the magnificent spring blossoms make this a fine landscape specimen, especially for damp areas where few other trees thrive.

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The Spruce / Adrienne Legault

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The sweetbay magnolia tree isn't too picky about the light it receives, thriving in both full sunlight and partial shade. Like many flowering trees, the more sunlight it gets (at least six to eight hours daily), the more likely it will be to be flush with blooms.


For best results, plant sweetbay magnolia in soil that is moist, rich, and flush with organic matter. Unlike most other magnolia trees, it does best in wet, boggy soils and will tolerate soils that are predominantly clay. It prefers an acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. If you notice the leaves turning yellow, it's a good indication that the pH levels in the soil are too alkaline and should be amended.


The sweetbay magnolia tree appreciates water and should be watered deeply as it gets established and matures. Once the tree matures, plan to water the tree as necessary, making sure the soil doesn't dry out for long periods of time. In times of warmer weather (above 75 to 80 degrees Fahrenheit), it may need additional watering.

Temperature and Humidity

Overall, the sweetbay magnolia tree doesn't have any special temperature or humidity requirements, so long as it's grown in the proper hardiness zones. These trees usually grow smaller in cooler climates, with a more shrubby size and shape.


Before fertilizing a sweetbay magnolia, perform a soil test. You should only fertilize if you have a soil deficiency. Unprescribed fertilizing (i. e., fertilizing just because you think you should) can cause fertilizer burn on these trees. It's best to use organic slow-release fertilizer, like mulch.

Types of Sweetbay Magnolia

There are several dozen cultivars of sweetbay magnolia, including some that are hybrids. These are some favorites:

  • 'Emerald Tower' grows to about 20 feet, with glossy green foliage. It has been known to survive into zone 4.
  • ‘Henry Hicks’ is an unusually large cultivar, sometimes growing as much as 40 feet tall. It has more columnar growth habit and is known to be evergreen into zone 5.
  • 'Keltyk' has smaller leaves, a more compact habit, and is evergreen through its range. It grows to 25 feet but is easily kept smaller for use as a patio container tree.
  • 'Santa Rosa' has the largest leaves of any cultivar and has a spreading habit that grows to 25 feet tall and 20 feet wide. It is best in zones 6 to 9.
  • 'Northern Belle' is reliably evergreen through most of zone 4. It grows to 20 to 25 feet even in the North.

Make sure to verify hardiness ratings before purchasing your sweetbay magnolia. Some are only hardy to zone 6.


Pruning should be done when trees are young, soon after they are established at around the two-year mark. Older trees are drastically more sensitive to pruning than young trees. As you shape the tree, try to thin out crowded branches to allow sunlight and air to reach inner limbs.

Sweetbay magnolias are best pruned immediately after their flowering period has concluded. Most cultivars have a tendency to grow multiple stems, and a common pruning strategy is to prune away all but the strongest stem, which will serve as a central leader and give the plant a more tree-like shape. The best time to prune is immediately after the flowering period is complete, though diseased or damaged limbs should be removed whenever they appear. Avoid removing multiple large limbs in the same season, but if you must do this, it is best done when the tree is still young.

Propagating Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia is relatively easy to propagate from softwood cuttings. Here's how to do it:

  1. Using sharp pruners, cut 6- to 8-inch sections from the tips of young, green stems. Place them immediately in a jar of water to prevent them from drying out.
  2. Remove all leaves, except for two at the tip of each cutting.
  3. Fill a 10- to 12-inch deep plastic container with good drainage holes with a rooting medium—a good choice is a 1:1:1 mixture of peat moss, sand, and vermiculite.
  4. Plant each cutting in its pot, deep enough to hold it upright. Tamp the growing medium down around the stems, and moisten.
  5. Cover the pots with plastic and set them in a bright location, but not in direct sunlight. Within a few weeks, the cuttings should develop a good network of roots. Uncover the pot and continue to grow the specimen until it is large enough to plant in the landscape.

How to Grow Sweetbay Magnolia From Seed

Sweetbay magnolia is also relatively easy to propagate from seeds collected from the seedpods that fall from the trees in fall, but you'll need to be patient, as seedlings started this way may take as much as 15 years to grow into flowering trees. If you want to try it, collect the seedpods in the fall once they are dry on the branches. Let the pods fully dry, then break them apart and collect the small red seeds inside. The seeds should then be scarified by scrubbing them with a damp paper towel to remove the red coating. Then lightly scuff the seeds with fine sandpaper.

Store the seeds over winter at a temperature of 40 to 45 degrees Fahrenheit. Storing them in the refrigerator, packed with some moist peat moss, works fine.

Once outdoor temperatures reach 70 degrees, you can plant the seeds 1/2 inch deep in the desired garden location. Or, you can start the seeds indoors in late winter in pots filled with potting soil. Keep the sprouting seedlings moist as they are developing. Young plants should be sheltered from direct sun for their first year. Many people choose to grow magnolia seedlings in the pot for the first full year or two before planting them in the landscape.

Potting and Repotting Sweetbay Magnolia

Smaller cultivars of magnolia can make successful potted specimens for a deck or patio. If possible, choose a large container, several times wider than the root ball of the nursery-grown tree; make sure the container has good drainage. A standard peat-based potting soil is generally fine for sweetbay magnolia, but you will need to water quite frequently for this bog-loving specimen. Repotting should not be necessary for several years, until the root ball completely fills the container. More regular feeding is required for container-grown magnolias, as nutrients are quickly leached out from frequent watering.


During the winter months in cooler zones, pad the roots with several inches of mulch to protect them from frost. No winter protection is really required in warmer climates, but keep the ground free of debris which can harbor fungal spores and insect larvae.

Common Pests and Plant Diseases

The sweetbay magnolia tree is typically free of diseases, though you may see some fungal leaf spot develop from time to time. Fungal diseases on mature trees usually aren't serious, though they can be treated with copper-based fungicides. Be more diligent about treating fungal disease on young plants as they are becoming established.

When it comes to pests, scale and tulip tree leaf miners tend to be the most common annoyances, but these pests rarely cause serious damage. Pests can be controlled to some degree by using neem oil or another horticultural oil. Try to avoid using pesticides since these may also kill the parasitic wasps that are natural predators of leaf miners.

How to Get Sweetbay Magnolia to Bloom

A sweetbay magnolia that fails to bloom has usually experienced damage to the emerging flower buds from a spring cold spell. It is most likely to happen in northern zones where the tree's hardiness is somewhat borderline, but it can also happen when an unusual cold snap hits in warmer zones. This is usually not a problem, as the tree generally returns to a normal bloom pattern the following spring.

Magnolias can also fail to bloom if they are being fed with a high nitrogen fertilizer, which stimulates foliage growth at the expense of flowers. And if they are planted in soil that is too alkaline, your magnolia may withhold blossoms.

Common Problems With Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia doesn't have a lot of issues, but you may notice these:

Yellowing Leaves

It's common for a magnolia to turn yellow if it is planted in alkaline soil. These are acid-loving plants that need a low pH in order to properly absorb nutrients. Yellowing leaves, called chlorosis, occurs because the plant is unable to absorb the nutrients it needs. Try feeding the plant with an acidifying fertilizer, or amend the soil with peat moss or pine needs to lower the pH.

Leaves Turn Brown in Summer

It's natural for magnolias to turn brown and drop their leaves in fall, but if it happens in spring or summer, it is usually because the tree is not getting enough water. Remember that this type of magnolia likes boggy conditions, and you may need to water several times a week during hot spells.

Late, hard frost in the spring can also damage leaf buds and cause the emerging leaves to be dry and brittle. The tree generally recovers easily from this damage.

Rough, Bumpy Patches on Twigs and Leaves

This is the tell-tale sign of scale insects infesting your tree. Minor infestations are rarely serious, but a widespread scale attack should be treated with neem oil or another horticultural oil.


  • You can expect 80 years or more from a sweetbay magnolia that remains healthy and is growing in ideal conditions. Potted specimens may need to be abandoned after 10 to 15 years as they become too big to be effectively grown this way.

  • Because most cultivars have an upright, somewhat columnar shape, this is a good magnolia to use where space is limited, such as in narrow spaces between buildings. It's fondness for boggy conditions makes this a good tree for problem low-lying areas of the landscape. Its brilliant flowers make it a good specimen tree in the yard, and it can also work well as a potted tree for patios.

  • While there are some cultivars of sweetbay magnolia that are hardy into zone 4, there are better choices for cold-winter gardeners. Star magnolia (Magnolia kobus var. stellata) is reliably hardy in zone 4, and often survives even into zone 3. ‘Leonard Messel’ and ‘Merrill’ are hybrid cultivars, crosses between magnolia kobus and magnolia stellata; these, too, are reliably hardy in zone 4. The 'Little Girl' series of hybrids are hardy even into zone 3.

  • 'Lillipution' is a cultivar of saucer magnolia (Magnolia x soulangeana) that grows only 12 feet tall. It is hardy in zones 5 to 9. Several cultivars of the 'Little Girl' series top out at only about 10 feet tall: 'Ann', 'Betty', 'Jane', 'Judy', 'Pinkie', 'Randy', 'Rickie', and 'Susan'.

    'Genie' is a 13-ft.-tall hybrid cultivar with dark pink flowers. 'Jane Platt' is a 15-foot cultivar of star magnolia (Magnolia stellata).

What They Don't Tell You at the Nursery

For many people, the idea of planting a Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree is exciting. With their lovely blooms that have a lemony scent and twigs that actually have a spicier smell, most people can’t wait to plant them…but there are a few things to learn first.

Because if you’re not careful, it can be a costly mistake and your tree won’t flourish like you’ve planned.

In fact, there are some things that many nurseries neglect to tell customers.

So, before you buy a Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree, read through this complete guide so that you can make sure your tree will grow healthy and strong.  

The first thing you should know about planting a magnolia is that it’s a medium to fast grower. That means if you want to make sure your tree starts off strong, plan on getting a magnolia tree from your local nursery instead of planting one from a seed.

Not only will your local nursery be better equipped to answer any questions you have, they’ll likely have hardy specimens that have already dealt with the freezes, thaws and heat of your local climate.

Plus, a sapling allows you to better plan for the space you’ll eventually need for the tree.

Once you get your new plant home, be sure to keep it well-watered during its first year. This will help ensure that when spring comes around again next year, your magnolia is ready for another round of growth.

Related Reading: Magnolia Tree Guide: Complete How-To for Care and Planting

What To Do After You Make a Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree Buy Decision

After you’ve chosen to buy a Sweet Bay Magnolia, you’ll need to ensure that you have the space and resources to support it.

  • Choose a location that has about 40 feet circumference and height allowance (no overhanging wires or electric lines)
  • Check to ensure that the soil needs are adequate for the tree (proper drainage, etc.) and if needed, prepare the soil before planting
  • Check to ensure that you’ll be able to access the planting site

For example, if you want your sweet bays planted in a remote area of your garden, make sure that you have hand barrows, tools, and other implements needed to get the saplings there and plant them.

How To Grow Sweet Bay Magnolia Trees From Seed

Sweet Bay Magnolia trees grow well in warm climates, and their flowers bloom from May through June. These trees can be grown from a seed, but it will take some time and patience to get them to the point where you can plant them outside. There are a few steps you must follow to grow them properly.

First, you will need to gather your seeds. You can collect them by hand or order sweetbay magnolia tree seeds for sale from a nursery or garden center. You will then need to soak the seeds in water overnight, so they are ready for planting.

After soaking the seeds in water for approximately 24 hours, use a series of pots to foster root development. So, once the sprout appears, carefully transplant to a larger pot, and so on.

Place them in the ground only after a good root system has developed, and if possible, use a biodegradable pot that will allow you to plant the entire thing.

Once planted into the ground, these trees require regular watering and fertilizing during dry summers or overcast winters. This is because they do not tolerate drought conditions very well.

Do not allow the seedling to dry out.

This method is very difficult, so it’s recommended that if you want a sweet bay tree, purchase a sapling and follow tree planting best practices to ensure it thrives.

When Is the Best Time to Plant a Sweetbay Magnolia Tree?

The best time to plant a sweet bay magnolia tree is in the spring, although it can also be planted in the fall. It also depends on where you live and your local climate. If you live in a place where temperatures are milder, you may want to wait until late May or early June to plant your tree.

Planting your tree too early could be risky if you live in a place that gets hot during summer. Instead, consider planting it in late spring or early summer when temperatures are cooler.

Common Pests and Diseases of the Magnolia Sweet Bay Tree

The beautiful sweet bay magnolia tree is a common sight in the United States. It grows to about 35 feet and is native to the country’s southeast region. A healthy sweet bay magnolia tree will have smooth trunks and branches and smooth bark that does not split or crack. The leaves will be dark green with a distinct petiole and serrated margins on the leaf blade.

Sweet bay magnolia trees, however, are susceptible to various pests and diseases, including aphids, scale insects, borers, powdery mildew, leaf spot disease, and fire blight (black scorch). Some of these pests can be controlled by pruning away dead or diseased branches and applying insecticidal soap spray regularly throughout the growing season.

How Do Sweetbay Magnolia Leaves Look? (Distinctive Features of a Sweetbay Magnolia Leaf)

Magnolia is a genus of flowering plants that includes multiple species of trees and shrubs. The sweetbay magnolia (Magnolia virginiana)1 is one of the most popular species. Like other magnolias, sweet bay magnolias have clusters of fragrant white flowers that appear during the spring and summer months.

The Sweet Bay tree has shiny dark green leaves with a silver underside; these leaves also provide shelter for pollinators such as bees and butterflies.

How To Keep Your Sweetbay Magnolia Evergreen

Sweetbay magnolias are considered to be one of the most beautiful trees in the world. They are known for their large, fragrant flowers with a white center. To keep your tree healthy, you’ll need to provide it with appropriate water, air circulation, and nutrients. You should also ensure that your soil contains plenty of organic matter – the more fertile your soil is, the better your tree will grow!

Once established, you may want to water your sweetbay magnolia deeply once every two weeks during summers or once every week during winters (with a drip irrigation system).

What To Look For in a Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree for Sale (Where To find Sweetbay Magnolia Tree for Sale)

The sweet bay magnolia tree is a great addition to any home, but it’s important to know what you’re looking for when you’re shopping for one. Here are some tips on how to find the right one:

  • Look for a fast-growing tree that has been pruned properly. This will ensure that it stays healthy.
  • Take into account where you want your new tree to be located. If you have limited space, consider getting a smaller tree that can fit into your yard without taking up too much room.
  • Pick trees with thoroughly watered roots. They will die after a few years (or less) if they’ve dried out.

Also, if possible, choose a local grower. Big box chains will have saplings, but buying form a local grower not only supports your community (making it more sustainable and reducing the carbon footprint of the purchase), but also ensures that your sapling is acclimated to the area where it will be planted.

What Is the Sweetbay Magnolia Tree Growth Rate?

The sweetbay magnolia tree2 is a medium-sized deciduous tree that grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13″ to more than 24″ per year.

This tree can grow as high as 30 feet tall and as wide as 35 feet.

Important Sweetbay Magnolia Care Tips

The following care tips apply to most magnolia trees, including the Sweet Bay:

  • Magnolias will tolerate a wide range of soils, but they do best when planted in rich, well-drained soil with plenty of organic matter. They also prefer full sun with some afternoon shade (5-10 hours maximum).
  • Magnolias should be fertilized every spring with a balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 (nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium) for optimal growth.
  • The sweetbay magnolia leaf should be kept clean by removing dead leaves or twigs each fall before they turn brown.

You should immediately contact a professional arborist if you notice any disease symptoms on your Magnolia trees, such as leaf spotting or yellowing leaves. They will help treat your tree for pests or diseases before it spreads throughout your yard, preventing it from flowering again next year!

What’s the Size of a Full Grown Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree?

The size of a full-grown sweet bay magnolia tree is usually between 10–30 feet tall and 10–30 feet wide.

A mature tree can reach 35 feet in height and 35 feet in width.

Magnolia trees are among the most beautiful and beloved trees in the world. They can grow to be over 30 feet tall, with trunks that can be over 35 feet in diameter.

The types of magnolias are divided into two large categories: shrubs and trees. The shrub form is more common, but it’s also more difficult to maintain because they have lax branches and tend to have lower branches that are difficult to prune. Trees are more common because they’re easier to maintain, but they also tend to be less fragrant than their shrub counterparts.

Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree Facts

The Sweet Bay Magnolia is a fast-growing, long-living tree. It has an upright growth habit and can reach heights of around 35 feet. The leaves are dark green, with five to seven lobes. The flowers are fragrant and white, with five large and ruffled petals.

The fruit is a round berry that turns black when ripe and burst open to spread the seeds.

Choosing Between Sweet Bay or Swamp Magnolia Tree

Choosing between a Sweetbay tree and a swamp magnolia tree is an important decision to make. The two species can be grown side by side, but they do have their differences. Sweetbay trees are medium-sized and usually bloom in the spring before the leaves emerge. They are also known as bay laurel trees because they resemble bay leaves. They also bloom around this time, but their flowers are white instead of pink, like those of sweet bay trees.

Swamp magnolia trees have a stronger fragrance than Sweetbay trees, but Sweetbay trees are more resistant to disease and pests. Swamps attract mosquitoes and other insects that can carry diseases, so you may want to choose swamp magnolia if you live in an area where these bugs tend to thrive.Both species have similar care requirements: they need full sun exposure and regular watering during dry spells during the growing season (spring through fall).

If you live in an area that experiences drought or cold temperatures during the winter months (November through March), you may want to consider planting both species together.

The Southern magnolia tree is the larger of the two varieties. This tree reaches 90 feet in height, and its branches spread out from its main trunk like a fan. The leaves are large, dark green, and leathery, with an oval shape. They’re also deeply lobed and have serrated edges.

The sweet bay tree is smaller – only reaching about 35 feet in height – and has thinner limbs that taper off at their ends. Its leaves are smaller and more pointed than its cousin’s, but they’re still fairly large and dark green.

Scientific Name for Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree

The sweet bay magnolia tree3 is a deciduous, coniferous tree in the magnolia family. The tree is often called sweet bay magnolia, sweet bay, or simply Magnolia virginiana in the United States. However, it has also been known by other names, including Magnolia tagliabuana and M. soulangeana.

Can You Transplant Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree?

The answer is yes; you can transplant sweet bay magnolia trees. Transplanting a tree is not as difficult as it sounds, but there are a few things you should know before you start. Transplanting a tree is a great way to refresh your yard or garden and make room for something new. It also allows you to experiment with different varieties of trees and shrubs.

The best time to transplant a sweet bay magnolia tree is in the morning before high temperatures have stressed the plant.

Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree Lifespan

The Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree is a beautiful tree that can live up to 80 years. The tree’s lifespan depends on how well it’s cared for and how often it receives water.

With the right conditions, sweet bay magnolias4 are tough and adaptable. They are far less demanding than other magnolias. For example, they can be grown in a wider range of conditions. Even in cold climates, it does better if protected from freezing winds and given winter mulch.

Compared to other evergreen trees, the sweet bay is more prone to wood rot, so inspect the tree before buying and look for branches that are flaking or missing bark. With care, your Sweet Bay Magnolia will bloom and be a joy for many, many years to come.

Frequently Asked Questions About Sweet Bay Magnolia Tree

What types of trees like moist soil?

Planting trees can often be overwhelming. After all, there are many factors to consider, including the type of soil you plan to plant these trees in. Perhaps you live in an area with a lot of damp soil. Perhaps the land holds water better and is prone to flooding during the winter months. Can you still successfully plant trees? The answer is yes! If you're hoping to find out which trees love wet soil, below is a list of options you might want to consider.

13 trees that love moist soil

Birch grove, photo: ecooboi


Willow is suitable for most gardens and areas, so it's a great choice if you want to plant a tree with predominantly moist soil. They work well in most places, but they don't have solid branches or stems, so they can bend or even break during storms or bad weather. There are many different types of willows you might consider, including weeping willow, golden willow, and white willow. You can grow willow from cuttings, but one of the most common and most effective ways is to grow it from a tree with bare roots that is at least one year old for best results. Willow, photo: livejournal
Sweetbay Magnolia

Sweetbay magnolia trees are striking trees that are very popular. It is a tree that grows well when planted in moist soil. The Sweetbay magnolia tree has unique spring and summer flowers in white or cream. These flowers have a sweet citrus scent. The leaves react to the movement of the wind, and flash a silvery hue under the leaves, which makes them incredibly beautiful. Sweetbay magnolia trees can grow up to 50 feet tall. If you are looking for a more compact tree, especially for urban areas, then the sweet magnolia might be a good choice. They rarely grow above 15 meters in cooler regions, so this might be a great option to consider. Magnolia, photo: raiskikytochok
Red maple

Red maple gets its name from its bright red foliage. In spring and summer, it is often seen as a huge focal point. The red theme continues throughout the seasons, with strong autumn radiance to red berries forming during the winter months. Red maples vary in size; they can grow from 12 to 20 meters tall and spread anywhere up to 22 meters wide. They are large and can acclimate very well when planted in moist soil. However, before considering planting, remember that red maple trees have strong roots that can be large and thick. They can even grow near or above the surface. Red maple, photo: valenteshop
River birch

The river birch is a well-known tree commonly found along river banks and in very wet parts of the garden. That is why this tree loves moist soil. It has an attractive bark that looks exceptional during the winter months. River birch is also fairly heat tolerant, making it a great choice for wet areas where it can still get quite hot on the surface. Planting this tree in damp spots in your garden or on the waterfront can be an excellent choice. They grow exceptionally well and can provide excellent shade as they all grow and expand.

Pin Oak

Pin Oaks may also be known as mighty oaks. They are known to grow quickly and can manage the land they are planted in. They are also known as shade trees, which can make them a great choice for the area you want to plant your tree in. During the summer months, Pin Oak trees have darker green leaves that turn deep red during the fall months. They also stay for the winter months, which is unusual. Stunning leaves hang from thick and dense branches.

Red autumn leaves Spanish Oak Pin, photo: fineartamerica
Atlantic white cedar

Atlantic White Cedar may be known to you by several other names, including Postal Cedar or Swamp Cedar. Considering that one name includes the word "swamp", there is no reason to deny that this tree loves wet soil. Atlantic white cedar is an impressive evergreen tree that can reach a height of up to 35 meters. This wet soil tree works very well when it comes to very wet soil conditions and can survive in some of the most extreme areas. Growing Atlantic white cedar is not difficult in a moist soil environment, and once the tree begins to establish itself, it is virtually maintenance free. You make an excellent choice even for a beginner. Finding a young Atlantic white cedar tree to plant can be very difficult, so you may have to look for specific nurseries to find the right one for you. Atlantic White Cedar, photo: dreamstime
Bald Cypress

The Bald Cypress is a unique tree, which means that its identity is beyond doubt. They look like very tall conifers with a large trunk base. If you're planning to plant bald cypress, it's worth noting that they also do well in moist soil, although they can grow in other conditions. They can grow very tall, up to 37 meters. You also need a lot of space to allow these trees to grow as well as they can. These trees are also very important for wildlife, so they can be a great addition to your yard. Bald Cypress, photo: factroom
Black Ash

Black ash grows in wooded areas that typically have wetlands and swamps. This means that they thrive in a moist soil environment. However, the trees are slow growing, but on the opposite end of the scale they eventually grow into tall, slender trees with attractive feathery leaves. The bark of a young tree is smooth, but over the years it becomes dark gray or even brown. It can grow up to 22 meters tall but remains slender. The branches grow upwards and at the same time form a slightly rounded crown of the tree. Black ash wood is heavy and durable.

Ash Green

Ash Green is an attractive shade tree. Green ash trees can grow up to 20 meters tall and thrive in a moist soil environment. When planting a green ash tree, you need to provide enough space for it to grow. One thing to note about green ash is that it develops seedlings that can be very invasive or not handled properly. So it's important to make sure you remove the seedlings so they don't cause you too much trouble in the future. Pumpkin Ash, photo: haenselblatt
Pumpkin Ash

Pumpkin ash trees are quite rare and very difficult to care for. But we can't make a list of trees that grow well in moist soil without mentioning this tree. Pumpkin ash is very large and reaches a height of 30 meters. However, in some places they can be smaller if they are cared for in a special way so that they do not grow too high. The foliage you will see on the gourd ash tree is small and concise. You will see that the leaves are darker green on the outside than on the inside. The tree also has flowers that form in the spring. They are green-purple in tone and look very attractive. After a while, the flowers fade, and a fruit grows in their place.


Growing fruit trees may not be on the agenda when it comes to wet soil. But in fact, a pear can grow well in such conditions. This can be a very rewarding experience for growing fruit trees, and pear trees are no exception. A full-sized pear can grow up to 13 meters in height. The pear tree requires full and direct sunlight, so be mindful of the location you choose to plant the tree. Pear tree, photo: poferme
Nuttall Oak

Nuttall Oak is one of those trees that is quite rare. It is part of the red oak family. They require very minimal effort and care and can thrive in a moist soil environment. Like many oak leaves, the Nuttall oak has what are known as lobed leaves. You can recognize this particular oak tree by its acorn variety, which distinguishes it from the rest of the oak family. They can grow up to 25 meters high and up to 15 meters wide.

If you want to plant a tree in moist soil, one of the tree varieties listed above is the most suitable. Hopefully the list of recommendations has been helpful to you and you have been able to make the right choice of tree for the area you want to plant it in.

Sweet bay leaf evergreen? - October 2022 Vintage Kitchen


ByBenjamin Noah

Bay evergreen which can be grown as a single-stemmed tree or as a multi-stemmed shrub. It is also very suitable for cutting and shaping, so it can be used for topiary cuttings or cultivated as a standard. Because it grows relatively slowly, it does well in containers.

Does laurel lose its leaves in winter?

Because bay leaves produce new leaves in the spring, you may notice a sudden yellowing or browning of the leaves before they fall off. The bay is very sensitive to low temperatures and can be damaged if the temperature falls below freezing (-5°C or 32°F).

Are sweet laurels losing their leaves?

Magnolia Sweetbay is semi-perennial, which means it only loses leaves for a short time in winter (as pictured on the right). Long oval leaves are bright green above, silvery below.

How fast does sweet laurel grow?

Choose a place where there will be enough room for your beautiful laurel to grow; It can grow from 6 to 35 feet tall with a canopy 5 to 20 feet wide. Sweet Bay responds well to severe cuts if you want to control its size. Expect this tree to grow 1 to 2 feet per year outdoors.

How big is sweet bay?

Laurel (Laurus nobilis) is a 12 to 15 m high tree native to the Mediterranean. Once it was turned into a crown for the winners of the ancient Greek games. The tree is considered one of the oldest cultivated tree species.

Should laurels be covered in winter?

It is preferable to open the lid during the day when the temperature is above freezing, but at least open the lids as soon as the temperature drops. Placing laurel indoors during cold weather is the surest way to protect it.

Is laurel stable?

Winter hardiness: mostly hardy, withstands temperatures down to -5°C. Blueberries may need extra protection from winter frosts, especially on young plants. Pruning: Prune in spring and summer to maintain shape. Planting: Ideal for growing in pots and landscaping.

How fast do Sweetbay magnolias grow?

Sweetbay magnolia trees grow at an average rate, often increasing their total height by one to two meters per year. They are best planted in early spring and will produce cone-shaped red berries in the fall when their flowers fade and finally dormant in the winter (in most regions).

Why do we need laurels?

Blueberry is an evergreen plant with dense fragrant foliage. The leaves are often used as a seasoning in cooking. When the laurel has passed the landing site, you may have a question about how to transplant the laurel.

Do laurels like full sun?

Blueberries originate from the Mediterranean and therefore grow best in full sun or partial shade, ideally in a sheltered position because they are not very hardy when young. In open gardens, laurel can withstand temperatures as low as -5°C, but may suffer from leaf damage.

Are Sweetbay magnolia roots invasive?

The answer is yes and no. While the roots are not necessarily invasive, you can damage magnolia roots if the trees grow too close to your home. Most tree roots look for a source of water, and magnolia roots are no exception.

Are laurel roots invasive?

Laurel will have an invasive root system if possible. You must keep all trees away from the house and other buildings, including walls, that is, at half their height. Never plant them in a septic tank, next to a pool, or near a sewer.

Can bay leaves be used directly from the tree?

Bay leaf cooking What is edible bay leaf? Real bay leaves (Laurus nobilis) are safe, but leaves with skin that can be pointed at the edges should always be removed from plates before serving. In addition, the following "golf" plants are also considered safe.

Is this Sweet Bay Laurel Evergreen?

Laurel is an evergreen tree that can be grown as a single-stemmed tree or as a multi-stemmed shrub. It is also very suitable for cutting and shaping, so it can be used for topiary cuttings or cultivated as a standard. Because it grows relatively slowly, it does well in containers.

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How to Grow Sweet Bay

  1. Watering: Keep the soil moist, not wet, especially water plants will settle.

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