Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata

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

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Characteristics:

Unknown - Tell us

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Unknown - Tell us


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:

Unknown - Tell us

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 seed; stratify if sowing indoors

Seed Collecting:

Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds

Properly cleaned, seed can be successfully stored


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

Vincent, Alabama

Whittier, California

Glastonbury, Connecticut

Lawrenceville, Georgia

Monroe, Georgia

Savannah, Georgia

Pontiac, Illinois

Indianapolis, Indiana

Logansport, Indiana

Springfield, Kentucky

Coushatta, Louisiana

New Orleans, Louisiana

Zachary, Louisiana

Cumberland, Maryland

Haverhill, Massachusetts

Lexington, Massachusetts

Shelburne Falls, Massachusetts

Wayland, Massachusetts

Grosse Ile, Michigan

Minneapolis, Minnesota

South Saint Paul, Minnesota

Beatrice, Nebraska

Jefferson, New York

Andrews, North Carolina

Highlands, North Carolina

Akron, Ohio

Marietta, Ohio

Greensburg, Pennsylvania

Mercer, Pennsylvania

Merion Station, Pennsylvania

Wilkes Barre, Pennsylvania

Ninety Six, South Carolina

Sumter, South Carolina

Nashville, Tennessee

Carrollton, Texas

Lexington, Virginia

Virginia Beach, Virginia

Hager City, Wisconsin

Madison, Wisconsin

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Oct 16, 2010, JonthanJ from Logansport, IN wrote:

Just to be clear: Star Magnolia does well at my home, but the one I am writing about was at Cornell University in Ithaca, New York. When I was an undergraduate there was one in front of Goldwin-Smith Hall to the left of the main entrance on the Quad side. Despite considerable shade from some very carefully preserved American Elms, it bloomed gracefully if thinly in the springs I was there.


On Nov 8, 2004, philomel from Castelnau RB Pyrenes,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a plant that takes me back to childhood and possibly was one of the influences that brought me to be interested in plants and gardening. My father put a group of these in our new garden, underplanted with vivid blue scillas, which flowered at the same time as the magnolias. A truly beautiful sight every spring.

Many people describe it as smaller growing than soulangeana etc., but in truth it is only the flowers that are smaller (dainty and starlike), the shrub itself is large once mature


On May 3, 2004, cinemike from CREZIERES,
France (Zone 8a) wrote:

This is a lovely small Magnolia for average sized gardens. Though slow-growing, it is very beautiful when in flower in spring.


On Jul 29, 2003, miltboyd from Haverhill, MA (Zone 6b) wrote:

5 years experience.
Nursery staff says it is common to take several years to get established.
We bought it in full bloom, about 4 feet high, from reputable local nursery (Lake Street in Salem NH), and it looked good through to late summer, shed leaves a little early. Next (1st) spring it looked near dead: few leaves, no flower buds. Watered it regularly, fertilized sparingly, checked for pests (none found) per instructions, and it survived. 2nd spring, a few flower buds, more leaves, some new branches, and it looked ok. 3rd spring, and it looked real good, all year. In 4th and 5th years, it thrives, with lovely display of flowers.


On Jan 25, 2002, Terry from Murfreesboro, TN (Zone 7a) wrote:

Star Magnolias are a small tree or large shrub, depending on your perspective. Like M. soulangiana, they are deciduous and bloom before leafing out.

This native of Japan was introduced to the United States in the late 19th century, and remains a popular ornamental element in many gardens. Early blooms may be destroyed by late frosts, but they're a beautiful addition to the landscape.