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PlantFiles: Sweetbay Magnolia, Sweet Bay Magnolia
Magnolia virginiana var. australis 'Perry Paige'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: virginiana var. australis
Cultivar: Perry Paige
Additional cultivar information: (PP17814, aka Sweet Thing)
Hybridized by Boyd/Dodson; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2004

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36-48 in. (90-120 cm)
4-6 ft. (1.2-1.8 m)
6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)
10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)
12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

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

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater
This plant is resistant to deer
Provides winter interest
Suitable for growing in containers

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

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

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1 positive
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive otis On Jan 30, 2007, otis from Morrison, TN wrote:

A good friend of mine George Dodson found this different looking Sweetbay Magnolia in some seedlings. I was able to successfully propagate it asexually by cuttings. The original selected seedling is now 17 years old and is about 9 feet tall and about 8 feet wide. The original selected seedling is very dense and full of foliage. The foliage is retained year round. The original selected seedling has experienced temperatures below 0 degrees Fahrenheit. It has also been underwater for an extended period of time 4 times. The plant showed no damage and retained its foliage with good color. The flowers are white and it blooms periodically through the growing season. We have named this Magnolia 'Sweet Thing'. Patent Pending


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

Knoxville, Tennessee
Morrison, Tennessee

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