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MAGNOLIA stellata

Image of Magnolia stellata

Gerald L. Klingaman

Family

Magnoliaceae

Botanical Name

MAGNOLIA stellata

Plant Common Name

Star Magnolia

General Description

There are lots of reasons why this hardy little magnolia is such a popular landscape shrub. Its starry early spring blooms are some of the first to appear and are resilient to frost. And, its neat rounded habit makes it amenable to smaller spaces.

Star magnolia is a deciduous large shrub to small tree that is robust and pretty. The Japanese native is typically multistemmed but can be pruned and manicured to have a central leader and a more tree-like appearance. In early spring, before its leaves emerge, it bears many large fragrant flowers of creamy white with long linear petals. Several pink-flowered cultivars are also in commerce to include ‘King Rose’ and ‘Dawn’, which has a single pink stripe down each white flower petal.

Grow star magnolia in full to partial sun and fertile soil that is clay-rich and evenly moist. Pruning should be done after it flowering. This is an excellent large specimen shrub for an open lawn or large border. It will add pleasing color and interest to the spring landscape and looks even nicer with blankets of early spring bulbs planted beneath its branches.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    9 - 5

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 9

  • Sunset Zone

    2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type

    Shrub

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    15'-20' / 4.6m - 6.1m

  • Width

    10'-15' / 3.0m - 4.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring

  • Native To

    Japan

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Slow

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Pink, Ivory

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Light Yellow, Brown

  • Bark Color

    Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    No

  • Showy Foliage

    Yes

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Smooth

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Hedges, Mixed Border

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No