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PlantFiles: Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

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

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9 members have or want this plant for trade.


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:

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

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4 positives
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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive treetoronto333 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 vossner 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 lehua_mc 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 sunnytop56 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.


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

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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