Magnolia stellata – Half Standard
A charming slow-growing medium-sized deciduous shrub that is one of the delights of the spring garden. In winter the naked branches are clothed with delicate silver furry buds. Then in early spring before the leaves emerge, these burst open into starry white flowers, sometimes with a hint of pink.
The Magnolia stellata (Half Standard) is a tree form with a single trunk, clear of branches up to about 1 metre of trunk height.
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Magnolia stellata is native to Japan, specifically on its largest Island of Honshū at elevations of 50 to 600 metres above sea level. In the wild it grows by stream sides in moist areas, hinting at its preference for rich moist soils and slightly acid pH.
The Genus ‘Magnolia’ honours the French Botanist Pierre Magnol. Magnol is most well known for inventing the concept of plant families in the form they are still understood today, by classifying groups of plants that have features in common.
Care & Size Guidance
This is a slow growing species, making it a perfect choice for a small garden.
Eventually it will become a small mounding tree and spread noticeably wider than its height – so if you are truly planning for the long term be sure not to overcrowd it.