Magnolia stellata | Star Magnolia

Has fluttery white flowers that smell fabulous in bloom. Very popular, especially in the south. Limbed up specimens look best to keep it from getting the “giant meatball” look, according to Dirr. Most have a warm sweet fragrance and blooms on very young trees. Blooms appear before leaves in early spring. Can be nicely integrated into foundation planting.
Magnolias have very shallow root systems. If you transplant, take care not to plant the root colar below the soil or risk retardation or death. Needs protection from strong winds. This striking tree needs special attention to site. It needs full sun, but real protection from wind. Best not to plant it in southern exposure so not to speed the bloom time. Leaves and blooms can get ratty looking in hot summers, but does quite well. If you can site properly, get ready for and wonderful view.

Magnolias are a very old genera of plants dating back 100 million years, as does the beetle that pollinates it. The Little Girl Hybrids are cross between Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ and Magnolia stellata (Star Magnolia) made originally in the 1950′s at the US Arboretum. Dirr explains the idea was to create a nicely blooming magnolia that bloomed after Star Magnolia, after the frost.

Little Girl Hybrid ‘Ann’ 8′to 10′Dirr’s Fav
Little Girl Hybrid ‘Jane’ hardier and better for use in the North
Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ may be found for sale, but difficult
ZONES HARDINESS | SUN OR SHADE ….. 6 – 8 | full sun
GROWTH RATE ….. medium
HEIGHT / WIDTH ….. 15′-20′/ 10′-15′
PLANT SHAPE & BRANCHING ….. Dense, multistemmed, rounded, upright, close set leaves
LEAF FORM & SHAPE ….. 2″to 4″/ 1″to 2″ obovate
LEAF ARRANGEMENT ….. simple, alternate
LEAF COLOR ….. Deciduous | dark green on top light green below
FLOWERS | 3″to 4″ wide, 12 to 18 petals, white and light pinks, some exceptionally fragrant
BUDS | like other small magnolias are very furry like little rabbit feet.

Magnolia stellata, originally uploaded by that owl.

SOIL needs moist, acid, peaty soil – add leaf mold
Native to Japan, introduced in US in 1862
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