Regarded as one of the best pink flowering Magnolias, award-winning Magnolia stellata 'Jane Platt' is a large, deciduous shrub with double, scented, pale pink flowers in early to mid-spring. The incredibly pretty blooms, 4 in. across (10 cm), are packed with up to 32 long and narrow tepals which keep their lovely pink color from the time the buds open until they fall off. The blooms are borne on leafless branches, before the new leaves begin to unfurl.
- Grows with a broadly pyramidal habit up to 10-15 ft. tall (3-5 m) and 8-12 ft. wide (2-4 m)
- Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society.
- A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is best grown in consistently moist, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Neutral to slightly alkaline soils are also suitable for growth if the soil is moisture retentive. Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam or sandy soils, but most grow poorly in wet or poorly drained soils. Provide a site sheltered from cold, dry winds as buds and flowers may be damaged by cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds too.
- May be attacked by scale insects, coral spot, honey fungus and phytophthora root rot.
- Spectacular as specimen plant for dramatic spring blooms. Great flowering tree for city gardens or cottage gardens.
- Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
- Deciduous Magnolias are best planted when dormant, in late fall or winter in warmer climates and early spring in cold climates. Evergreen magnolias are best planted in early spring. For the first 6 to 12 months after planting, both types will benefit from mulch and regular irrigation during warm or dry weather.
- Propagate by softwood cuttings in spring or early summer, or semi-ripe cuttings in late summer and fall