Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’

Royal Star magnolia

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Outstanding Qualities

Like a flock of doves taking flight in early spring, 'Royal Star' bursts forth with a profusion of white flowers. From pink buds a multitude of strap-shaped snowy colored tepals open and a soft perfume permeates the air. This smaller tree – 10 to 12 feet (3 – 3.5m) tall in 10 years – is rounded in form, being almost as wide as tall. Definitely a star for the season!

Quick Facts

Plant Type: tree

Foliage Type: deciduous

Plant Height: 10 ft. 0 in. (3.05 meters)

Plant Width/Spread: 12 ft. 0 in. (3.66 meters)

Plant Height-Mature: 18 ft. 0 in. (5.49 meters)

Plant Width-Mature: 20 ft. 0 in. (6.10 meters)

Hardiness: USDA Zones 5 to 9

Flower Color: white

Sun/Light Exposure: full sun to light shade

Water Requirements: regular watering

Seasonal Interest: very early spring show of star-like white flowers

Wildlife Associations: bees

Culture Notes
Plant in full sun for the best flowering, although light or open shade is acceptable. The soil should well-drained and a rich loamy type will provide for a healthy plant. Sandy soil is okay, but organic matter should be added and potentially more water when dry. Will tolerate clay soil, but must be well-draining. A location that is protected from strong winds will help keep the flowers and, later, the young leaves from being damaged. Magnolias require watering at least once a week during dry periods, although mature plants may tolerate 10 to 14 days between water cycles. Magnolias have fleshy roots that can easily be damaged so limit extensive gardening under established trees. Little pruning is required other than removing dead and broken limbs or poorly formed limbs; although one can prune for a somewhat more upright form, if desired. Pruning after flowering.