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Cultural Details for Magnolia virginiana 'Northern Belle'

Common Name:
Northern Belle Sweetbay Magnolia

Growth Rate:
Medium to fast

Average Mature Height:
10-20' in the North; to 60' in the southern part of its range

Average Mature Width:
10-20' in the North; to 60' in the southern part of its range

Flower Details:
Creamy white, lemon-scented, 2-3" diameter, 9-12 petals, May-June

Fruit Details:
Aggregate of follicles, 2" long, dark red, very handsome where the bright red seeds are exposed

Fall Color:
Natural range of Zone 4-9, exceptional cold hardiness allows semi-evergreen foliage in colder climates than typical for the species.

Bark Details:

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
None serious, leaf miner on occasion

Native Habitat:
Introduced 1688. Massachusetts to Florida, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Texas near the coast in swampy soils

Other Features:
Really a beautiful plant, especially when the sweet-scented flowers are opening. 'Northern Belle' is the most cold-hardy cultivar, easy to keep as a single-stemmed tree, and is semi-evergreen

Culture and Care:
Does well in wet and even swampy soils; also tolerates shade; seems to grow best in warm climates; requires acidic soil. Zone 4-9

This plant was blooming:
6/21/2010 - 7/2/2010

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
1127, 1128

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets.
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database.