Magnolia stellata

Magnolia stellata


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Star magnolias are among the first ornamentals to burst into bloom. Magnolia stellata is a slow-growing, rounded, medium-sized bushy deciduous shrub with narrowly obovate leaves.

The soft grey, bare branches of M. stellata are crowded with white starbursts that open from pink buds in early spring. Fully open flowers are pure white with 18 spreading tepals, and perfume the air with a delicate, but substantial, fragrance. Also provides autumn colour as the leaves fade to gold.

Pot size: 4-5L

Common Name: Star Magnolia, Starry Magnolia

Hardiness: Hardy to –20°

Height and Spread: 250cm x 400cm, slow growth over 10–20 years

Preferred Soil Type: Clay, sand, loam

Aspect: East, south or west facing; sheltered from cold winds

Position: Full sun / Partial shade

Flowering Period: March – April

Care: Prune to shape in midsummer after flowering if necessary; protect flower buds from late frosts