Magnolia stellata

Scientific name: Magnolia stellata


Common names: “Star magnolia”

Plant Type: Deciduous shrub


Zone: 5-9

Light: Prefers semi shade, grows in sun – shade with fewer flowers in shade

Exposure: Sheltered

Soil: Humus rich, slightly alkaline soil

Moisture: Moist well drained


Plant Size: H 10-20′ W 12-20′

Leaf and Stem shape:Narrowly obovate leaves

Flower: Fuzzy buds, white – pink star shaped flowers before leaves, blooms youngstar magnolia

Pruning: Prune in summer, requires skill, can be pruned up into a small tree

Maintenance: Low

Landscape use: Cut flowers, focal point, pair with summer blooming plants, city and courtyard gardens

Propagate: By seed and cuttings

Pests & Disease: Tender roots rot easily if not well drained, sun can damage the cambium and cause canker, *deer don’t bother it

Comments: Shallow rooted – underplant permanent plants

Cultivars: M. s. ‘Royal Star’ – Faintly pink buds with pure white tepals, fragrant



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