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