Magnolia Stellata

Magnolias are spreading evergreen or deciduous trees characterized by large fragrant flowers which may be bowl-shaped or star-shaped, in shades of white, pink, purple, green or yellow. In deciduous species the blooms often appear before the leaves in Spring.

Magnolias grow best in soil which is slightly acidic or neutral, they do not do well in alkaline, chalky soils.They are shallow rooting plants and because of this the soil should not be allowed to dry out. An annual mulch is highly recommended to prevent water loss. They need to be planted in a fairly protected position. Wind will not only exaggerate the effect of frost but can also damage the branches.

This shrub grows 1.5 to 2.5 metres (5 to 8 ft) in height, spreading to 4.6 m (15 ft) in width at maturity. Young plants display upright oval growth but the plants spread and mound with age.