Magnolia virginiana 'GLAUCA'

Magnolia virginiana
Magnolia virginiana 'GLAUCA'
sweet bay, swamp magnolia
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
USUAL HEIGHT 3-5m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS cream
BLOOMING TIME June - August
LOCATION full to partial sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Magnolias
Rarities
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Sweet bay is a unique magnolia species that was first described by Carl Linnaeus, founder of modern taxonomy, already in 1753. Magnolia virginiana, that was the Latin name it received, was the very first magnolia species ever listed under this name. Interestingly, the plant had already been sent from America to England more than 50 years before that, by botanist John Baptist Banister. At that time the only magnolia known was a plant that was discovered on the island of Martinique by Charles Plumiére. Its local name was ‘talauma’. Magnolia virginiana was also the parent of later innovation known as bull bay magnolia – magnolia grandiflora.

Imagine passing by a green bush with pretty leaves but before you even take a glance at it you are struck by a cloud of highly sweet and pleasant fragrance coming from flowers that are only about 8-10 cm across. As if moonstruck your nose is dragged closer to the plant to look for the perfume source. Sticking your nose inside the small-ish flower is the last thing you remember for a few dozens of seconds. When you open your eyes you see ivory to creamy white flowers that are semi-doble in case of Glauca variety. They appear from early June and continue popping up until late August. Leaves are 10-15 cm long, widely obovate, soft green on the upper side and almost silver on the reverse. They are reliable evergreen only in the warmer zones, whereas in zones 5 and 6 they usually fall down by January. They are a little stronger than those on deciduous species but they are NOT leathery.

Sweet bay magnolia is said to be a fast grower. However, Glauca is notably slower in growth and forms a bushier habit rather than a tall and leggy framework known from the species. It naturally appears in moist and wet lands of SE USA which is why it is sometimes referred to as swamp magnolia. The ability to grow and also thrive in water-logged conditions makes it ideal for Central European clay-based soils that tend to keep water for longer time than other plants may sustain. Also, it is quite hardy and has already withstood -27°C without a problem. Commonly it is rated hardy to USDA zone 5 with a remark that it might not be reliable at the coldest regions of zone 5.

Last update 11-12-2013
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Magnolia virginiana 'GLAUCA' height 150-175 cm
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Magnolia virginiana 'GLAUCA' height 150-175 cm
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Magnolia virginiana height 100-125 cm
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CHLUMEC BY CAR
Magnolia virginiana height 100-125 cm
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PRAGUE BY CAR

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