Facts about Star Magnolia tree. "Scientific name for Star Magnolia shrub is Magnolia stellata". Star Magnolia shrub is a slow-growing small tree or shrub that is native to Japan. It is closely related to Magnolia kobus (Kobushi magnbolia). This species of magnolia was accepted as a distinct species in the late 1990s. It belongs to the family Magnoliaceae and the Magnolia genus.
Characteristics of the Star Magnolia shrub
The Star Magnolia shrub bears large, showy and star-shaped pink or white flowers in early spring. Each flower usually has 12 to 18 narrow strap-like tepals. This type of magnolia is notable for its compact size. After the flowering process, its leaves typically open up. As the leaves open, they are usually bronze-green in color but turn to deep green as they mature. It is also worth noting that the leaves tend to turn to yellow in autumn.
The Star Magnolia small deciduous tree basically grows 15 to 20 feet (4.57 to 6 meters) with a spread of about 8 to 15 feet (2.43 to 4.57 meters). It has a rounded crown and mostly grows as a large oval shrub. With the showy white great smelling flowers that are 3 to 4 inches (7 to 10 cm) in diameter. The flowers bloom in the spring, from late February to April depending on the Star Magnolia trees location. The dark green leaves that are obovate and 2 to 4 inches (5 to 10 cm) long.
Growth Condition of the Star Magnolia shrub
The Magnolia stellata tree grows well in well-drained, moist and organically rich loams in full morning sun to part shade. However, it is tolerant to clay soil. The Star Magnolia trees are intolerant to very dry or very wet soil conditions as well as most urban pollutants. The ideal location for these species of magnolia is in a protected area from high winds. This is very important because it prevents the buds from opening too early in late winter. If the buds open in winter, they will be affected by frost problems.
The water requirement of the Star Magnolia tree is medium and also does not demand a lot or maintenance.
The star magnolia can grow in Hardiness Zones 4 through 9
Uses of the Star Magnolia shrub
The Star Magnolia tree is mostly used as a specimen flowering trees in lawns and yards. At times, this species of magnolia is used for hedging purposes.
Problems of the Star Magnolia shrub
Frost damage to flowers is a major concern for Star Magnolia. However, it does not have serious disease or insect problems.