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Waterlily Star Magnolia Tree
The Waterlily Magnolia is an ideal accent tree for smaller home landscapes featuring loads of stunning, extremely fragrant, star-shaped, shell-pink flowers fading to white in early spring. More details below!

Waterlily Star Magnolia Tree

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Waterlily Star Magnolia Tree
Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 4a-9b   Find Your Zone >



Special Attributes

The Waterlily Magnolia is an ideal accent tree for smaller home landscapes featuring loads of stunning, extremely fragrant, star-shaped, shell-pink flowers fading to white in early spring. Each flower produces up to 36 petals and are less floppy than M. stellata, resulting in a waterlily-like appearance, hence the name. Before the leaves emerge, the flowers open from rose color buds that are perched at almost ever stem tip. Waterlily Magnolia has dark green foliage throughout the season that turns from yellow to coppery-bronze in fall.


Landscape & Garden Uses

Growing upright to 10-12 feet tall and 10-15 feet wide, the Waterlily 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

Waterlily 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-9b   Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Flowering Large Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-12'
Width at Maturity: 10-15'
Spacing:  8-10' for solid hedge;  16'+ for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Bushy, Rounded, Upright
Flower Color:  White
Flower Size:  Large, 4-5"+
Flowering Period:  Spring
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes 
Foliage Color:  Green to Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat, Humidity, Insect
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, Low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (amended), Loam, Sand (amended), Silt 
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  5.0 - 6.5 (Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low



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