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Star MagnoliaMagnolia stellata

  • Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata
  • Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata
  • Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata
  • Star Magnolia - Magnolia stellata

With showy, fragrant flowers, dark green leaves and striking gray bark, this hardy magnolia is a real standout. It thrives in nearly every location in the U.S. and works well as a single specimen or foundation planting.

The star magnolia could be the landscape solution for backyard gardeners looking to add lovely spring interest to their spaces.

Hardiness Zones

The star magnolia can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–9. View Map

Tree Type

This shrub is considered both a flowering shrub and an ornamental shrub. It is typically planted for both its visual interest and profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The star magnolia grows to a height of 15–20' and a spread of 10–15' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium to Fast Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium to fast rate, with height increases of anywhere from 13" to more than 24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun and partial shade are best for this shrub, meaning it prefers a minimum of 4 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The star magnolia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, well-drained and clay soils. It can withstand some flooding and has moderate drought tolerance.


This shrub:
  • Produces showy, fragrant white flowers that are 3–4" in diameter.
  • Blooms in the spring, anywhere from late February to April depending on location.
  • Flowers best in full sun.
  • Can be trained to grow as either a shrub or small tree.
  • Features simple dark green leaves that are obovate or narrow elliptic to oblong-obovate and 2–4" long.
  • Develops smooth, striking gray bark.
  • Grows in an oval, pyramidal shape.
  • Is best used as a single specimen or foundation planting.


This magnolia originated in Nymans Gardens in Sussex, UK.