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Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)


Native to Japan, Magnolia stellata, also known as Star Magnolia, is a small deciduous tree with incredibly pretty star-shaped flowers in late winter or early spring. While the blossoms are fairly small, 4 in. across (10 cm), they are packed with up to 40 long and narrow tepals and are extremely showy. Fragrant, the flowers can be pure white, pale pink or dark pink. They appear on naked branches before the elliptic leaves unfurl.

One of the earliest of the spring flowering Magnolias, Magnolia stellata is also the hardiest of all the Magnolias. It enjoys a spreading, rounded habit and is often grown as a large oval to rounded shrub.

It makes a splendid spring flowering specimen tree or large shrub for lawns, foundations, shrub borders and may be grown as a tall informal hedge. It should be sheltered from strong winds and late frosts, where possible. While very hardy, its blooms, like those of most early blooming Magnolias, are susceptible to late frosts.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.

Guide Information

Hardiness 4 - 9
Heat Zones 5 - 9
Climate Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 2B, 3A, 3B
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early)
Winter
Water Needs Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Landscaping Ideas Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Wall-Side Borders
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden
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