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Magnolia Centennial Star
Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'

Named to honor the prestigious Arnold Arboretum's 100th anniversary, Centennial Star magnolia produces a spectacular show of large, creamy white flowers in early spring. The lightly fragrant blooms have many thin, delicate petals tinged with pink. Later in summer attractive, conelike, 2"-3" reddish green seed pods appear, opening by slits to reveal their red, pink, or orange seeds.

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Zones 4 - 8

Zones 4 - 8
Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 - 8
The Magnolia Centennial Star can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Flowering Tree

Flowering Tree
Type of tree:
The Magnolia Centennial Star falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees, Ornamental Trees

15' - 25' High

15' - 25' High
Mature Height:
The Magnolia Centennial Star grows to be 15' - 25' feet in height.

10' - 20' Spread

10' - 20' Spread
Mature Spread:
The Magnolia Centennial Star has a spread of about 10' - 20' at full maturity.

Slow Growth

Slow Growth
Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a slow growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun

. Full Sun
Sun:
This Magnolia Centennial Star does well in full sun, partial shade.

Various Soils

Various Soils
Soil:
The Magnolia Centennial Star grows in acidic, alkaline, drought tolerant, loamy, moist, rich, well drained, clay soils.

rounded Shape

rounded Shape
Shape:
This Magnolia Centennial Star has rounded shape.

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Description:
Named to honor the prestigious Arnold Arboretum's 100th anniversary, Centennial Star magnolia produces a spectacular show of large, creamy white flowers in early spring. The lightly fragrant blooms have many thin, delicate petals tinged with pink. Later in summer attractive, conelike, 2"-3" reddish green seed pods appear, opening by slits to reveal their red, pink, or orange seeds. New leaves emerge with a bronze cast, turning medium to dark green then yellow to bronze in the fall. Dense branching, smooth, silvery gray trunks, shiny chestnut brown twigs, and fat, fuzzy buds add winter interest. This hardy, small tree or shrub grows slowly 15'-25' high with a 10'-20' spread. It adapts to a wide range of soil and site conditions but prefers full sun, moist, acidic, well drained soil in cool spring locations. Avoid alkaline soils and harsh windy sites. zones 4-8.