The Sweetbay magnolia has glistening dark green leaves with a silver underside that has a frosted appearance. The 2"-3" creamy white flowers have a light lemon scent and are visible in late spring and early summer. Bright scarlet-red seeded fruit ripens in late summer attracting many birds. This tree prefers moist, acidic soil and full sun to partial shade. Sweetbay magnolia grows 10'-20' high with equal spread.