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Magnolia 'Gold Star'

Star Magnolia 'Gold Star', Magnolia stellata 'Gold Star'


Hardy, award-winning Magnolia 'Gold Star' is a small to medium, upright, deciduous tree with star-shaped, scented, creamy-yellow flowers in early to mid-spring. Each luminous flower, 4 in. across (10 cm), counts up to 14 long and narrow tepals. The overall effect of these many tepals being that of a starburst. The blooms are borne on leafless branches, since they emerge before the new leaves begin to unfurl. The foliage of elliptic, ovate leaves emerges with attractive bronze-reddish tones in spring before maturing to medium green.

  • Grows with a broad pyramidal habit up to 15-25 ft. tall (5-8 m) and 15-20 ft. wide (5-6 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

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Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
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.


Requirements

Hardiness 5 – 9
Heat Zones 5 – 9
Climate Zones 2B, 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
Plant Type Trees
Plant Family Magnolias
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid)
Height 15' – 25' (4.5m – 7.5m)
Spread 15' – 20' (4.5m – 6m)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Low
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained
Characteristics Cut Flowers, Fragrant, Plant of Merit, Showy
Tolerance Clay Soil
Attracts Birds, Butterflies
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles City and Courtyard, Informal and Cottage, Traditional Garden

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