Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata) in the Magnolias Database

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Botanical names:
Magnolia stellata Accepted
Magnolia kobus var. stellata Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 5a -28.9 °C (-20 °F) to -26.1 °C (-15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 9b
Plant Height: 15 to 20 feet
Plant Spread: 10 to 15 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Beetles
Miscellaneous: Monoecious


A Cold Snap Stops Everything for a WeekA Cold Snap Stops Everything for a Week
By NEILMUIR1 on April 11, 2010

Everybody seemed happy in the sun. Instead of looking down at the ground on their way to work, people held their heads high and were stopping to look at the wonderful spring flowers. Then it became overcast and the rain started; cold days and very cold nights set in for a week. On Monday morning we all awoke to clear blue skies; the sun came out, and everything was suddenly happy once again.

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Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 13, 2018 11:44 AM

Star Magnolia comes from Japan and is usually a bushy small tree about 15 feet high in landscapes. It is slow growing of about 1 foot/year. It is prized most for its early white fragrant flowers that are about 3 to 4 inches in diameter with 12 to 18 strap-like petals that last about 7 to 10 days during late February to mid-April, depending on longitude. In more northern regions the flowers are often damaged by late freezes. The plant is listed as being hardy to USDA Zone 4a, but the flowers probably get hit a lot that far north. Like Saucer Magnolia, it has pretty, smooth, thin, gray bark and big fuzzy flower buds. It often gets an acceptable yellow fall color. It is a neat, clean, easy plant. There are at least 25 cultivars developed, but I've only seen the most common one of 'Royal Star' that has about 25 to 30 petals and tends to bloom a little later than the mother species, and is more commonly planted than the mother species. Star Magnolia is offered at many conventional nurseries and is occasionally found in both home and public landscapes in the Midwest and East of the US, and other regions.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 9, 2012 5:16 PM

Honey bees get pollen from this plant

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Plant Events from our members
AndreA33 On March 12, 2017 Bloomed
AndreA33 On March 18, 2016 Bloomed
AndreA33 On April 10, 2014 Obtained plant
joannmorford On March 23, 2017 Bloomed
Lost all flowers to hard freeze
joannmorford On June 1, 1998 Obtained plant
Planted by previous owner
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