Magnolia Stellata

magnolia stellata
General Name: Star Magnolia
Genus: Magnolia
Species/Cultivar: stellata
Family: Magnoliaceae

Aspect: Full sun or partial shade.
Sheltered. South, west or east facing.
Hardiness in UK: Hardy (Zone H6)
Soil Requirements: light, good drainage
acidic or alkaline
Size at 5 years: Height & Spread 5ft (150cm)
Size at 10 to 20 years: Height 10ft (300cm)
Spread 13ft (400cm)
Flowering period: March, April

magnolia stellata flowers


One of the smallest and most popular magnolia trees grown in the UK.

Grown for its large, delicate, pure white and lightly scented star shaped flowers, which are born in profusion in spring, before the leaves appear.

Slow growing and ideal for small gardens.

Awarded the RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM).


  • Habit: Compact. Can be grown as a small tree or shrub.
  • Leaves: Green - deciduous.
  • Flowers: White open flowers with strap-shaped petals. Usually open before the leaves appear.

Planting Magnolia Stellata

April is the best month to plant Magnolia, pick a sheltered spot away from cold winds that avoids early morning sun, as this can damage the delicate flowers if frost has settled on the buds. Do not plant too deeply and add plenty of humus to the soil. Stake young trees for first two seasons, until established and water thoroughly if there is a drought. Pruning is not necessary, except to remove any dead or diseased branches. Add a layer of well rotted compost/humus around the tree each spring.

Planting Context

Ideal as a small specimen tree or bush. Perfect for the small garden and can be used as a feature plant in a lawn or border.

Propagating Magnolia Stellata

The best way to propagate Magnolia Stellata is to layer branches in early summer. Cuttings can be taken in summer but are slow to root, so a heated propagator is required.

See also: Magnolia soulangeana, Magnolia Susan