Magnolia Seeds - Sweetbay

(Magnolia virginiana) Perennial. Zones 5 - 9 

Sweetbay Magnolia, also known as Swamp Magnolia, is an elegant ornamental tree, compact enough for small gardens and patios. 

Sweetbay Magnolia has dark green, glossy foliage with frosty silver undersides. In Fall, leaves deepen to bronze-purple. It has slender, pale gray bark and grows in an upright, vase shape. 2-3” creamy white Magnolia flowers have a lovely lemon scent. Bright scarlet red seeded fruit attract birds and other wildlife. 

Sweetbay Magnolia is host to the Sweetbay Silkmoth!


Cold Hardiness: Zones 5 - 9

Edible: Yes 

Size: Small tree

Growth Rate: Medium to fast

Nitrogen Fixer: No 

Native Plant: Yes

Germination: 50 - 70%

Sun Requirements: Full sun to part shade

Soil Preference: Acidic, loamy, moist, rich



**Refrigerate seeds immediately upon arrival!**

SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 120 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1/2” deep, ideally in a peat/perlite mix. Temperature of about 20°C is ideal for germination. Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 45-60 days.

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Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia. 

  • $8.99

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