Magnolia Stellata 5 Litre 50-60cm: Stellata one of the smaller of the Magnolia varieties and one of the most popular. It produces pure white star shaped flowers that are ever so slightly scented, native to Japan it has become established as one of the most popular small trees in the UK. One of the best things about this magnolia is its ability to adapt to various soil types, unlike other varieties it is tolerant of lime soil, so is suitable for almost any garden, due to its small nature it is also happy planted in a large pot so can be used for decoration in small gardens with no borders or planting area. Picture taken November
Awarded RHS Award of Garden Merit.
Planting position: Magnolia Stellata prefer a good sunny spot but will cope well with light partial shade. Preferably plant somewhere away from exposed windy sites and somewhere that avoids frost as much as possible, this is more important in early spring than during the winter as late harsh late frosts may damage furry buds and the flowers.
Soil: Whilst most Magnolia prefer an acidic soil. This variety will adapt to almost any type, even ones with a high lime content. Ensure the planting area has a good supply of water and does not dry out totally or become waterlogged.
Suitable for container planting: Yes can adapt to being grown in a pot.
Eventual height and spread: In absolute ideal conditions upto 3 metres with an 2 metres spread. But even after 10 years this plant will only have reached 1.5 metres
Pruning: Not really a necessity, if you choose to it should be done in Mid-summer when the tree is in full leaf. Any broken or damaged branches can be removed as they occur. Growth speed: Slow
Growth Habit: Bushy
Evergreen: No deciduous Flowering Period: Produces stunning large star shaped white flowers in April through to May, leaves arrive towards the end of the flowering period Foliage: Mid to dark green large leaves.
Winter hardy: Yes
A relatively easy plant to maintain, that has no real specfic requirements. When preparing your hole add some well rotted manure or a loam based compost this will help the plant adapt to its new surroundings quicker, also ensure your plant is planted at the same depth as it is in the pot. Like all new plants ensure a good water supply until established