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Star Magnolia

A star magnolia The leaf of a star magnolia A star magnolia blossom
A star magnolia
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The leaf of a star magnolia
G. Lumis
A star magnolia blossom
G. Lumis

Scientific Name: Magnolia stellata

Summary
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 15 to 20 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Shape: Bushy

Dark green summer foliage turns yellow-bronze in fall. Large, white flowers appear before foliage in spring. 

Plant Needs
Zone: 5 to 9
Light: Partial shade to full sun
Moisture: Wet or moist
Soil Type: Sandy or loam
pH Range: 3.5 to 7.0

Functions
Suggested uses for this plant include border and specimen plant.

Planting Notes 
Transplant in the spring in a location protected from wind.  Avoid southern exposures to reduce change of early flowers being damaged by spring frosts.  Buy plants with balled and burlapped roots or container-grown plants.  Plant in fertile, moist, well-drained soil.

Care
Easy to maintain.  If required, prune after spring flowering.  Mulch to conserve soil moisture.

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Problems 
Generally pest free.

Alternatives
Consult local sources, including historic or public gardens and arboreta, regarding cultivars and related species that grow well in your area.

Cultivars of MAGNOLIA STELLATA
`Rosea' has pink flowers.

`Centennial' has petals which have a pink tinge on the outside.

`Pink Star' has pink flowers that fade to white.

Comments
The Star Magnolia is a dense, mounded, large shrub or small tree.  Provides a striking floral show in early spring.  Best used alone or in small groups.