Magnolia stellata

Magnolia stellata

Description: A distinct and very popular form of Magnolia forming a rounded specimen producing a mass of many petaled beautiful starry white flowers in early spring (March and April) which are lightly fragrant. As it is slow growing and of medium size with compact habit, this variety of Magnolia is very suited to the smaller garden.

Climate/Position: Sunny site but avoid the earliest morning sun if possible to reduce risk of flower damage otherwise caused by sun on a frosty flower.

Height/Spread: 2.5 x 2.5 metres.

Soil Requirements: Best in a rich deep soil with plenty of moisture and slightly acidic soil though fairly lime tolerant.

Pruning: No pruning required. Any shaping of the plant should be done after flowering in late spring.

Special Requirements: Mulch in spring to maintain moisture especially on drier soils.

The genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).