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Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata

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Common Name: Star Magnolia

Type: Tree

Family: Magnoliaceae

Zone: 4 to 8     Find Your Zone

Height: 15 to 20 feet

Width: 10 to 15 feet

Bloom Time: March

Bloom Color: white

Sun exposure: Full sun to partial shade

Soil: well drained, fertile

Leaves: deciduous

Fertilizer: Vigoro Tree, Shrub and Evergreen or Miracle Gro Evergreen Tree Spikes


Star can be grown as an rounded specimen tree or on a wood line or natural area. It is named after its brilliant white flowers with about 15 or so petals. This is a good alternative to the Saucer magnolia which holds a vase shape with pink tulip shaped flowers. Like most Magnolias, Star is resistant to most insects and diseases.


STEP 1: Digging the hole

  • Find a location that has suitable sun exposure for your particular type of plant.
  • Dig your hole an inch or two shallower than the rootball of the plant.
  • Dig the hole twice the diameter of the rootball.
  • Scuff up the sides of the hole with a shovel to help roots break through the native soil.

STEP 2: Putting plant in hole

  • When removing the plant from the pot, check to see if the roots were circling the pot.
  • If the plant is rootbound, gently break up the roots with your hands until loosened up.
  • Set plant level, in the center of the hole.
  • Make sure the top of the rootball is just above soil level.

STEP 3: Amending the soil and filling in the hole

  • Amend the soil with proper amendments for your soil type. 
  • Incorporate 50% native soil with 50% amendment soils like garden soil, composted manure or soil conditioner.
  • Make sure dirt clods are broken up or removed from hole along with rocks.
  • Fill the hole with soils to the soil level and pack down. Do not cover top of rootball with dirt.
  • Water in thoroughly to remove air pockets.

STEP 4: Mulching and fertilizing

  • Cover the planting site with at least 2 inches of the mulch of your choice (pinestraw, cupress mulch,etc.)
  • High Phosphorus root stimulator fertilizers like Quick Start from Miracle Gro are great to use at time of planting.
  • When planting trees, a tree stake kit may be required to prevent the wind from blowing over or breaking our newly planted tree until it becomes established.

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Posted 2015-08-13T20:38:32+0000  by Ingar_HD_ATL Ingar_HD_ATL
Star magnolia is the first thing to bloom in winter-spring, getting covered in buds in the dead of winter and breaking into full bloom before
anything else even thinks about blooming.  To have beautiful winter flowers, in addition to your camellia sasanquas, and to make winter bloom late in the season or to make spring blooming seem like it goes on forever, plant this lat winter/early spring bloomer, a smallish/medium sized tree. 
Posted 2015-09-09T19:04:36+0000  by Cree
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