Henry Hicks Sweetbay Magnolia
Great for moist, even waterside, settings!
Reaching 10 to 20 feet high and wide after 10 years' growth, this tree delights with 4- to 6-inch leaves of bright green on the top, whitish green on the reverse. When the wind catches them, a charming two-tone effect is created. Glossy and disease-free, the foliage keeps 'Henry Hicks' attractive through winter.
Beginning in early summer and continuing all season and into fall, the flowers fill the garden with color and scent. A lemony aroma wafts from these large, ivory-white blooms, which dot the branches quite freely. Cut them to float in a bowl of water on the dining room table or the entryway, or enjoy their garden presence over several months. Stunning!
After the blooms pass, they are followed by red seeds that birds and other wildlife find simply delicious. Expect songbirds aplenty in 'Henry Hicks' for autumn and winter, feasting on the bounty left behind by the flowers!
'Henry Hicks' thrives in acidic, moist to damp soils, and is a good choice for waterside or bog plantings. In the wild, it grows in southern swamps and in low-lying areas where water accumulates. Virtually pest- and disease-free, it is quite adaptable to adversity, growing at a medium rate. Train it as a multi-stemmed, spreading tree, or keep the central leader and let it rise in a wide columnar fashion. It can even be espaliered.
This tree will take a season or two to begin blooming, and the number of blooms will increase with each passing year. Right at home in your garden, it thrives in full sun or partial shade, including the dappled sunlight of an understory planting. Find a special place for this magnificent native, and begin enjoying year-round color and distinctive architecture. Zones 5-9.
|Zone||5 - 9|
|BloomStartToEnd||Early Summer - Early Fall|
|PlantHeight||10 ft - 20 ft|
|PlantWidth||10 ft - 20 ft|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Berries, Easy Care Plants, Evergreen, Flower, Fragrance, Long Bloomers|
|LightRequirements||Full Sun, Part Shade|
|MoistureRequirements||Moist, well-drained, Wet|
|Resistance||Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant, Humidity Tolerant, Pest Resistant|
|SoilTolerance||Clay, Normal, loamy, Poor, Sandy|
|Uses||Border, Foliage Interest, Privacy, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, Guam, Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands|