Magnolia stellata

Star Magnolia

The Star Magnolia is a small low-branching flowering tree, which is often grown as a rounded shrub. Especially noteworthy for its compact size, the tree makes an excellent hedge or screen. Its star-shaped white flowers bloom best in full sun with moderately moist soil and usually at a younger age, always in late winter to early spring. The tree becomes significantly taller when grown in partially shaded environments and can generally tolerate a range of different soils.

Native to Japan, the Star Magnolia’s gray-white bark makes it a unique planting in a snowy winter scene with its bare branches and spreading, rounded crown.


Deer Resistance: YES
Sunset Heat Zones: 2 - 9 and 14 - 24
USDA Hardiness Zones: 5 - 9
Watering Requirements: Weekly, or possibly more often in containers or extreme heat
Growth Rate: Moderate
Mature Size: Up to 10’ height and 12’ width
Sun/Shade: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Drought Tolerance: Moderate
Pest/Disease Issues: No serious pest or disease problems