Magnolia virginiana Northern Belle
Swamp magnolia or Sweetbay Laurel. Hardy selection of this wonderful semi-evergreen Carolinian native. Blooms later and longer than the spring magnolias from Asia in June-July with lemon scented ivory tulip-shaped flowers. Compact teardrop shaped shrubby tree 10-15' with shorter shiny green leaves that have silvery underside. Grows in dry sandy soil or swampy areas. Holds leaves through winter better when in wetter soil. Zone 6.