Star magnolias are among the first ornamentals to burst into bloom. Magnolia stellata Waterlily is a slow-growing, rounded, medium-sized bushy deciduous shrub with narrowly obovate leaves.
The soft grey bare branches of Waterlily are crowded with white starbursts that open from pink buds, two weeks later than some other star magnolias, missing the early frosts. Fully open flowers are pure white with around 20 spreading tepals, and perfume the air with a delicate, but substantial, fragrance. Also provides autumn colour as the leaves fade to gold.
Pot Size: 5L
Common Name: Star Magnolia Waterlily
Hardiness: Hardy to –20°
Height and Spread: 300cm x 300cm, moderate growth over 10–20 years
Preferred Soil Type: Chalk, but any moist, humus-rich, well-drained soil, even alkaline
Aspect: East, south or west facing
Position: Sun / partial sun; sheltered from cold winds
Flowering Period: March – April
Care: Prune to shape after flowering if necessary; protect flower buds from late frosts