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Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Species: stellata (stell-AY-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Centennial

Synonym:Magnolia kobus var. stellata

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10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Winter/Early Spring
Mid Spring


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
4.6 to 5.0 (highly acidic)
5.1 to 5.5 (strongly acidic)
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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3 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive smoothc On May 4, 2009, smoothc from Toronto, Canada
Canada wrote:

It grows very well in southern Ontario, Canada. Ours are as tall as our two-story house. When in flower, it smells fantastic.

Positive tinyrubies On Jan 8, 2007, tinyrubies from Lebanon, OR wrote:

This is said to be a superior cultivar... and I believe it. The flowers seem to last longer and flower over a longer period than other stellatas, and the semi-double effect is very pretty. The petals don't look all limp and reflexed like some other similar magnolias. Growing here in clay in rainy Oregon.

Positive Shirley1md On Apr 10, 2005, Shirley1md from Ellicott City, MD (Zone 7a) wrote:

This lovely shrub is one of the hardiest Magnolias. It is not as sensitive to the cold as the Saucer Magnolias. Plus, it is extremely fragrant which is an added bonus. It's white flowers flushed with pink can be enjoyed in an evening garden at dusk.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Dahlonega, Georgia
Lexington, Kentucky
Cumberland, Maryland
Ellicott City, Maryland
Bowmanville, Ontario
Lebanon, Oregon
Maryville, Tennessee

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