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University of Illinois Extension - Selecting Trees for Your Home
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Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata
Star Magnolia in flower
Size:
Size: small
Small

Medium

Large
Exposure/ Light Requirements:
Full Shade not required.
Full Shade
Full Sun required.
Full Sun
Partial Sun/Shade not required.
Partial Sun/Shade
Hardiness Zone: 5 - 8 
[Find Your Zone]
Mature Height: 15-20 Feet
Features: Fragrant, white (or pink) flowers in spring; silvery gray bark adds winter interest.
Culture: Full sun; moist, well drained soils; slightly acid soil.
Cultivars:

Many, including

  • 'Centennial'- flowers are white, blushed with pink, 25 feet.
  • 'Pink Stardust'-numerous petals, pink, then lighter as flower opens.
  • 'Rosea' flowers pink fading to white.
  • 'Royal Star'-pink buds open to white flowers, 15-20 feet.
  • 'Waterlily'- pink buds open to white flowers, later flowering.
Mature Form: Oval to rounded; often multi-stemmed
Native To: Japan
Soil Conditions:
Dry
Soil condition: Moist, Well-DrainedMoist, Well-Drained
Wet
Tolerance:
Alkaline Soil
Dry Sites
Salt
Soil Compaction
Wet Sites
Wind
Uses:
Use for: Massing.Massing
Use for: Patio.Patio
Screen
Shade
Use for: Specimen.Specimen
Street
Wind Break
Foliage Color: Green
 
Fall Foliage Color: Green
 
Additional Notes: Can be difficult to transplant due to fleshy root system; flowers at a young age; flowers often bloom early enough to be damaged by frost.

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