Sweetbay Magnolia, Silver Bay, Swamp Bay
Magnolia virginiana 'Northern Belle'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: virginiana (vir-jin-ee-AN-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Northern Belle

Category:

Shrubs

Trees

Height:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:

Light Shade

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Spring/Early Summer

Foliage:

Deciduous

Smooth-Textured

Other details:

Flowers are fragrant

Requires consistently moist soil; do not let dry out between waterings

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:

Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:

N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

Regional

This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Peoria, Illinois

Lexington, Massachusetts

Bothell, Washington

Gardeners' Notes:

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On Jan 27, 2014, braun06 from Peoria Heights, IL (Zone 5b) wrote:

I have had brief experiences with Northern Belle in the past. I have noticed that its flowers are larger and sweeter smelling than the species. I tried growing two of these plants in 2003 but lost them to either chemical burn or verticillium wilt, not sure which but no amount of water could keep them from wilting or dropping leaves. That yard had significant cultural problems that laid many plants to dust but I no longer live there.

I am trialing this plant again, hoping for good results. My two favorites of the virginianas for zone 5 would be Moonglow for its multi-stem and cultural dependent quick growth. Northern belle would be the best single stem. I have not experienced the leaf retention of this plant yet obviously to compare to Moonglow. This first winter it h... read more