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Scientific Name: Magnolia stellata
Pronunciation: mag-NO-lee-uh stel-LAY-tuh
Common Name: star magnolia
Family Name: Magnoliaceae
Plant Type: Tree - deciduous
Key ID Features: Tree multi-stem, compact, bushy; smaller in habit/size/leaves, branches lower than other magnolias; leaves <10 cm, buds densely silver pubescent; flowers star-like, <13 cm across, most with 25-30 strap-like, white tepals, first magnolia to flower (cv. Royal Star has slightly pinkish flower buds which open up to 2 weeks later than species).
Course(s): HORT 1155, Level 3 Apprenticeship, CLT Training

Habit: Spreading, Upright
Form: Oval - vertical, Round
Texture: Medium
Mature Size:
Height:2 - 3m
Spread:2 - 3m
Growth Rate:Slow
Origin: Garden origin, S.E. Asia / Japan / China
Hardiness Rating: Zone 4: (-34 to -29 C)
Exposure: Full sun only if soil kept moist, Part sun/part shade, Sheltered
Soil/ Growing Medium: Acidic, Humus rich, Well-drained
Water Use: Moderate
Landscape Uses: Specimen plant, Spring interest
Additional Info: Google. Images shown or cultivars on campus may include M. 'Royal Star'.
star magnolia
Leaf Morphology: Glossary
Form: Simple
Arrangement: Alternate
Texture/ Venation: Pinnate venation, Soft flexible
Surfaces: Glabrous
Colour in Fall: Brown, Yellow
Leaf(let) Terms:
Shapes: Elliptic, Oblanceolate, Obovate
Apices: Acute
Bases: Attenuate
Margins: Entire

Inflorescence Type: Flowers solitary
Flower Morphology:Flowers perfect
Number of Petals:11+
Corolla Shape:Rotate/stellate
Ovary Position:Superior
Colour (petals): Showy, White, Pink, (AGB: Magnolia stellata 'Rosea')
Flower Scent: Fragrant, Sweet
Flower Time at Peak: Mar, Apr
Additional Info: Many simple pistils

Fruit Type: Follicle, Aggregate fruit
Fruit Colour: Orange, Red, Green, (Fruit aggregate pink-red before turning brown as the follicles open to reveal their single orange-red seed)
Fruiting Time: Sep, Oct

Bark Morphology: Smooth
Bark or Stem Colour: Grey, Brown
Organ Modifications: Storage tap root

Propagation: Hardwood cuttings
Plant Care:
Maintenance:Medium maintenance plant
Pest Susceptibility: Anthracnose, Dieback, Fungal leaf spot, Scale insects, ( Pest resistant, Disease resistant )
(AGB) Acer Griseum Bed : q.1
(LTW) Langley Township Walk
(MCF) Main Courtyard Fountain : cv. Royal Star (removed?)
(NRY) NuRserY : cv. Royal Star
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