- Common Name: Star Magnolia
- Position: Full sun, Partial shade, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
- Soil: Well-drained, Clay, Loam, Sand, Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
- Flowers: Spring
- Flower Colour: White
- Hardiness: H6 - Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe
- Habit: Deciduous, Bushy
- Height & Spread: 300cm × 300cm
Royal Star is a double-flowered cultivar of the popular Magnolia stellata (or star magnolia). A slow-growing, deciduous shrub the buds are furry and pale pink before opening into the ldelicately fragrant dense, white, star-shaped flowers we all know and love. Well-suited to smaller gardens, much like its species parent, it will require very little maintenance other than the removal of damaged, diseased or crossing branches in summer. Best grown in a sheltered spot away from cold winds to minimise the risk of any frost damage to the flowers.
Magnolias are one of the best and most spectacular of flowering shrubs, a real harbinger of spring. We have all seen wonderful specimens on our travels. Sadly, they can be very misunderstood plants with many people frightened off by their ultimate sheer size and the fear that the flower buds may be damaged by late frosts resulting in the loss of the flowers. Most Magnolias will actually adapt to their climatic surroundings pretty well and whilst there always remains a slight risk of frost damage to the buds, this isn't likely to happen all the time, and once established, a plant may well flower slightly later than usual. With such a magnificent display to look forward to, don't let yourself be put off by the common myths around growing these intrinsically beautiful plants.
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'