||Laurel Magnolia, Swamp Magnolia, Swampbay Magnolia, Beaver Tree|
||var. australis, var. australis 'Perry Paige' (Sweet Thing ®), Henry Hicks|
||Full Sun to Partial Shade|
||Leaves are ovate in shape, up to 4.75 inches long and 2.5 inches wide. They are deep lustrous green above, and blue-white and downy beneath, especially when young.|
||In the north 10 to 20 feet high by 10 to 20 feet wide. In the Southern Part of its range it can grow to more than 60 feet high.|
||Zone 5 to 9. For an idea of your plant zone please visit the USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map.|
||Small, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub of loose, open, upright spreading habit in the north, deciduous, semi-evergreen to evergreen in the south and forming a large pyramidal tree.|
||Medium to fast.|
||Creamy white, lemon-scented, 2 to 3 inches in diameter with 9 to 12 petals. Flowers appear from May-June and are usually not produced in great abundance, often continuously on leafy shoots. Plant may be slow to flower in youth.|
|Diseases & Insects:
||Essentially problem free. Chlorosis is an occasionally malady.|
||Considered a lovely, graceful, small patio or specimen tree; the foliage is handsome especially as the wind buffets the leaves exposing the silvery underside. Winter damage can be a distinct possibility in the northern part of Zone 5. Tree is excellent for the sweet fragrance of its flowers.|
||Soil should be rich, porous, acidulous and well drained. Tolerates high soil moisture levels, but only mildly tolerates inundation.|
||Water regularly after initial planting and prune as necessary to maintain form and desired shape.|
||Fertilize an area three times the canopy spread of the tree 1 to 2 times a year with a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Only fertilize an established tree.
||Dig a hole three times the diameter of the root system, with a depth no deeper than the original soil line on trunk. Break up the soil to the finest consistency possible. Place plant in hole and fill, compacting the fill dirt. Water the plant heavily to seal soil around the roots and remove air pockets. Water well, and remember to water regularly until they have started to grow.