As one of the two nurseries responsible for discovery of the Sweet Thing ®, Boyd Nursery Company has been family owned since 1887. Boyd Nursery Company has both wholesale quantities and retail packages of Sweet Thing ® Magnolias available. Retail packages of 5, 10, and 40+ plants are availabe for $35, $60, and $5.25/plant respectively.
Sweet Thing ® is a very tough dwarf evergreen Sweetbay Magnolia. Those responsible for this new cultivar are George Dodson of Sleepy Hollow Nursery and Fernando Campbell Boyd III of Boyd Nursery Company. The original Sweet Thing ® was discovered by George Dodson in a block of seedlings that were planted in 1990 at Sleepy Hollow Nursery. It was obvious when the plant was just about 3 years old that it was very special. After watching other Magnolia virginiana var. australis trees in the same block for years, they began to get 8, 10, and then 15 feet in height, but there continued to be one, very compact, dense-looking, evergreen tree that was less than a third the size of the others. After watching the unique little tree for years, and having no name for the new plant, Joe Fore, a landscaper from East Tennessee, was touring the farm in the late 90’s and was shown the new tree. George told Joe that the name needed to contain the words ‘sweet’ or ‘bay’—since the unnamed Magnolia was a Sweetbay Magnolia. Out of the blue, Joe suggested the name ‘Sweet Thing’, and the name stuck. Campbell Boyd perfected its propagation technique and now it can be grown as a substitute for Holly and Laurel hedges. It can be used in mass plantings, as a large evergreen foundation plant, or as a specimen or corner plant.
According to Boyd Nursery Company, Inc. & Sleepy Hollow Nursery ...