Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

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

Category:

Trees

Height:

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

12-15 ft. (3.6-4.7 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

Pink

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Winter/Early Spring

Mid Spring

Foliage:

Deciduous

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:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From woody stem cuttings

From hardwood cuttings

By grafting

Seed Collecting:

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

Regional

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

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Little Rock, Arkansas

San Anselmo, California

San Leandro, California

Santa Clara, California

Dunnellon, Florida

Atlanta, Georgia

Boise, Idaho

Indianapolis, Indiana

Ladoga, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Hebron, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Shreveport, Louisiana

Dearborn Heights, Michigan

Oxford, Michigan

Andover, Minnesota

Saint Paul, Minnesota

Saint Joseph, Missouri

Lincoln, Nebraska

Raleigh, North Carolina

Fargo, North Dakota

Akron, Ohio

Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio

Dayton, Ohio

Lancaster, Ohio

Grants Pass, Oregon

Portland, Oregon

Merion Station, Pennsylvania

West Chester, Pennsylvania

Chattanooga, Tennessee

Austin, Texas

Corpus Christi, Texas

Dallas, Texas

Richmond, Texas

Salt Lake City, Utah

Stafford, Virginia

Anacortes, Washington

Seattle, Washington

Shoreline, Washington

Spanaway, Washington

De Pere, Wisconsin (2 reports)

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

On Mar 1, 2015, treetoronto333 from Toronto
Canada wrote:

We have a Star Magnolia planted next to our front entrance. It was planted about 21 years ago by a professional landscaper. It has done superbly! Super hardy and always puts on a stunning show! It also takes Pruning very well as I lifted the canopy off the ground about 3 feet to plant a garden below. The cutting wounds (up to 2 inches wide) healed up in less than 2 growing seasons!

A great tree overall!

Positive

On Mar 2, 2011, vossner from Richmond, TX (Zone 9a) wrote:

Oh, what a beauty this is! In the mornings, blooms are shaped like cabbage roses but as the day progresses they open and look like stars. I detected a slight fragrance but avail. literature does not describe it as fragrant. In my area it thrives in part shade and moist soil.

Positive

On Nov 10, 2009, lehua_mc from Portland, OR (Zone 8b) wrote:

My tree is relatively young, under 10 years, so I consider the jury to still be out as to its ultimate character in my yard. My main concern is the future size of the tree, given how close it is to the house (as I did not plant it). So far it is a well behaved, mostly upright in habit, and of moderate to slow growth. Certainly not a monster branching shade tree like other Magnolias. The roots are shallow, which deter me from wanting to move it or plant other plants at its base. One of the first things to bloom in the spring, the flowers are actually a brief and *not scented* show before the foliage comes in. I think the foliage and shape of the plant in summer is nondescript, so good for the background. I did get seeds this summer, and I am going to try to propagate them.

Positive

On Apr 13, 2008, sunnytop56 from Lincoln, NE (Zone 5a) wrote:

This plant is thick with shiny green leaves most of the year. I find the foliage exceptionally attractive. The flowers are gorgeous but do best on a northern exposure so not to bud out too early and get buds frost nipped. The fuzzy buds are attractive winter interest. Makes a good screening plant with its thick foliage.