- Common Name: Star magnolia, Starry magnolia
- Position: Full sun, Partial shade, East-facing, South-facing, West-facing, Sheltered
- Soil: Moist but well-drained, 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 × 400cm
Magnolia stellata is a perfect species for the smaller garden. Commonly known as Star Magnolia, it has a broadly rounded, compact habit producing masses of silky buds opening up to white, star shaped flowers in spring. The flowers may occasionally be flushed pink and have a wonderfully gentle fragrance. Best grown in a sheltered spot away from strong winds, it requires very little maintenance and usually very little requirement for pruning though to maintain a good shape, remove any damaged, diseased or crossing branches in summer.
The plant you receive will be approximately 60-70cm high.
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.