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Royal Star Magnolia 
Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b   Find Your Zone >



Special Attributes

'Royal Star' Magnolia has larger and more showy flowers than the species...and they're fragrant! Produced in abundance at the tip of every stem on the tree, the pure white flowers are 4 inches across with 25 to petals on each flower. It blooms about two weeks later than the species, in early spring, so the flowers are less susceptible to damage from a late frost. The tree typically grows to around 15 to 20 feet tall with a spreading, rounded canopy to about 10 to 15 feet wide. We've seen no problems with pests or diseases. 



Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright to 15-20 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide, the Royal Star Magnolia is ideal for use as a larger specimen shrub or small tree in landscape and sunny woodland borders or to frame corners or against a large open wall in home foundation plantings. Can also be grown in large pots, planters and containers of 18 inches or more in rim diameter. A fine addition to the cut flower or cottage garden. 



Cultural Preferences

Royal Star Magnolia is easy to grow in most any moist but well-drained acidic soil of average fertility and full sun to part shade. She prefers full sun for best flowering, however will handle some partial shade. In the South, some shade during the hottest mid-afternoon hours of summer will be appreciated. Avoid constantly soggy or wet soils. In alkaline soils, apply soil sulfur and/or chelated iron to increase acidity. Pruning usually isn't necessary, however stray or damaged branches can be pruned immediately after flowering in spring. Feed after flowering in spring with a mild organic plant food or a well-balanced shrub and tree food containing iron or sulfur.



Helpful Articles

Click on a link below to find helpful advice from our experts on how to plant, prune, feed and water Southern Magnolia trees.




Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-8b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Large Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  15-20'
Width at Maturity: 10-15'
Spacing:  8-10' for solid hedge;  16'+ for space between trees
Growth Habit / Form: Upright, Rounded
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  4"
Flowering Period:  Early Spring
Flower Type:  Semi-double
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes 
Foliage Color:  Green to Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Heat, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Afternoon Shade or Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 6.0 (Acid to Moderately Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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