General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Tree
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
Fragrant
Flower Color: White
Bloom Size: 2"-3"
3"-4"
Flower Time: Spring
Suitable Locations: Patio/Ornamental/Small Tree
Uses: Flowering Tree
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Resistances: Deer Resistant
Rabbit Resistant
Pollinators: Beetles
Bees
Miscellaneous: Monoecious

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Common names
  • Star Magnolia
  • Magnolia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Magnolia stellata
  • Synonym: Magnolia kobus var. stellata

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Date: 2013-04-17

Date: 2022-03-10

Date: 2022-03-10
Location: Zone 5
Date: 2015-04-17 
Tail end of blooming season as leaves are emerging the take-over.

Date: 2018-07-11
Unripened Seed Pods approx. 4.5" Long
Location: My garden in N E Pa.
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-02-04
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-04-14
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 18, 2016
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-04-08
in the rain...

Date: 2015-04-17
A "stellar" display in Spring
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-23
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2018-04-14
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2022-04-27
Fragrant Star Magnolia, stellata
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 18, 2016
Photo taken at twilight
Location: Carlisle street Southern Pines, North Carolina
Date: February 1, 2024
magnolia star # 151 nn; LHB p. 415, 74-1-1, "Named for Pierre Mag
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: April 28, 2022
Young, fragrant Star Magnolia after planting in early summer. Hea
Location: West Chester, Pennsylvania
Date: 2018-11-08
specimen in yard in fall colour
Location: Aurora, Illinois
Date: summer in the 1980's
specimen in summer
Location: My Garden of Good and Evil
Date: 2023-03-11
Location: Apple Valley MN
Date: September 22, 2018
Photo by treehugger
Location: Botanical Garden Meise
Date: 2016-04-28
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2017-03-30
Location: Richmond, VA
Date: 2019-03-17
Location: Richmond, VA
Date: 2019-03-17
Such pretty blooms!
Location: Hamilton Square perennial garden Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 02/14/14
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 19, 2016
My deer chomped shrub ... it was much wider at the base
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: 03-16-2014
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2008-05-05
 12:52 pm. A favourite - and fragrant, too.

Date: 2015-03-16
Location: Botanical Garden Meise
Date: 2016-04-28
Location: Richmond, VA
Date: 2019-03-17
These trees are gorgeous and they smell amazing!
Location: Fairfax, VA
A waft of sweet, floral scent drifts around. This is the source.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-23
Location: London!
Date: 2013-05-01
Location: Oxfordshire, England
Date: 2016-04-08
Location: Copenhagen, Denmark, EU
Date: April
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: March 18, 2016
Photo taken at twilight
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-16
Location: My garden in Warrenville, SC
Date: 2017-02-21
Location: Ann Arbor, Michigan
Date: 2021-05-15
Young Star Magnolia Stellata
Location: Riverview, Robson, B.C.
Date: 2008-05-05
 12:52 pm. Such soft buds house these magnificent blossoms.
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2015-04-16
Location: applehouse TerreHaute IN
Date: 2014-04-09
Location: London/Kent border
Date: 2012-03-12
Location: London/Kent border
Date: 2012-03-12
Location: Bordeaux, France
Date: 2017-03-13
Location: sherwood Oregon
Date: 2015-03-08
lone flower on the tree trunk
Location: Solon , Ohio
Date: 2017-03-26

photo credit: orchidgalore
Location: Hamilton Square Perennial Garden, Historic City Cemetery, Sacramento CA.
Date: 2014-12-08
Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata)  This and other buds seem to be
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: 03-16-2014
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: 03-16-2014
Location: Mountains of northern California
Date: 403-16-2014
Location: London!
Date: 2013-05-01
Location: London!
Date: 2013-05-01

Date: 2015-03-16
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2016-03-21
Location: applehouse TerreHaute IN
Date: 2014-04-09

Date: 2017-04-01

Date: 2017-04-01
Photo by NEILMUIR1
Location: South Jordan, Utah, United States
Date: 2020-05-14
From the cultivar 'Royal Star'.
Location: Sherwood Oregon
Date: 2015-03-08
Lone flower on the tree trunk
Location: central Illinois
Date: 2017-03-14
Flower bud hit by frost.
Location: Sherwood Oregon
Date: 2015-03-02
In the landscape
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Comments:
  • Posted by ILPARW (southeast Pennsylvania - Zone 6b) on Nov 13, 2018 11:44 AM concerning plant:
    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.
  • Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 9, 2012 5:16 PM concerning plant:
    Honey bees get pollen from this plant
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Lost all flowers to hard freeze
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Planted by previous owner
dnrevel On April 28, 2022 Bloomed
Needs heat to release sweet spicy scent. Love this tree! Can grow very tall and large!
dnrevel On May 15, 2021 Transplanted
New in 2021. Feature tree, front yard new garden beds.
paleohunter On October 6, 2023 Cuttings stuck
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