A star magnolia
The leaf of a star magnolia
|A star magnolia blossom
Scientific Name: Magnolia stellata
Foliage: Deciduous broadleaf
Height: 15 to 20 feet
Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Dark green summer foliage turns yellow-bronze in fall. Large, white flowers appear before foliage in spring.
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
Suggested uses for this plant include border and specimen plant.
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.
Easy to maintain. If required, prune after spring flowering. Mulch to conserve soil moisture.
Generally pest free.
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.
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.