Star magnolia Magnolia stellata Photo/Illustration: Jennifer Benner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Star magnolia (Magnolia stellata) mag-NO-lee-ah stel-LAY-tah Genus: Magnolia This species is a small, spreading tree with lovely, upward-facing, star-shaped blossoms. Each pure white flower—they are occasionally flushed pink— is 5 inches across and comprised of up to 15 individual petals. They light up the tree's bare branches in early to mid-spring. Care: Grow in moist, well-drained, preferably acidic to neutral soil in sun or partial shade; magnolias do not tolerate wet feet. Magnolia flowerbuds are susceptible to late-season frosts; shelter large-leaved species from windy locations. Prune trees and deciduous shrubs in late winter or late summer to prevent bleeding of sap; prune minimally to maintain a healthy framework. Propagation: Sow seeds in autumn or stratify to hasten germination. Root softwood cuttings in early summer. Magnolias can be layered in early spring, grafted in winter, and propagated by bud in summer. Problems: Bacterial leaf spot, spot anthracnose, canker, dieback, butt rot, powdery mildew, anthracnose, fungal spots, weevils, snails, scale insects, thrips, planthoppers. Overview Height 15 ft. to 30 ft. Spread 15 ft. to 30 ft. Growth Habit Clumps Growth Pace Moderate Grower Light Full Sun to Part Shade Moisture Medium Moisture Maintenance Low Characteristics Fragrant Flowers, Showy Flowers Bloom Time Spring Flower Color White Flower Uses Flowering Tree, Naturalizing, Specimen Plant/Focal Point, Waterside Style Formal Garden, Woodland Garden Seasonal Interest Spring Interest Type Trees Related Plants to Magnolia stellata 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Ashe magnolia Magnolia ashei 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Magnolia Magnolia 'Butterflies' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Little Girl hybrid magnolia Magnolia 'Ann' 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 Loebner magnolia Magnolia × loebneri 'Leonard Messel' View the discussion thread.