Magnolia stellata

2 litre pot £34.99
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Buy Magnolia stellata star magnolia: Masses of starry white flowers in spring

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: any moist, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: March to April
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    A popular, compact, bushy shrub or small tree with mid-green leaves and silky buds which open up to large, pure white, star-shaped flowers, sometimes faintly flushed pink. The flowers are lightly scented, and open very early, before the leaves, eventually covering the shrub for several weeks. This is one of the best magnolias for a small garden.

  • Garden care: Plant in a sheltered spot, away from strong winds. Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in midsummer. Plant in a sheltered spot, adding plenty of composted matter to the planting hole. Mulch in spring with manure and leaf mould, especially on dry soils.

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Notes on Magnolia stellata

"Early, star-shaped, warm-white flowers, more resistant to frost than goblets, on a modestly sized specimen that only grows slowly"

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Yes I would buy this plant again


Healthy plant and ideal for the situation


North West


Anticipating next Sprint


It looks heal[hy abut hasn't grown much since I got it last Autumn, but the hot summer may not have helped Had one flower this spring, so am hoping for a lot more next spring

Fusspot 62

SW Scotland


Meets all requirements


Plant is growing well, is in bud due to mild winter, am hoping it won't flower too soon in case of future frost






Can't imagine a garden over 30' in length that wouldn't benefit from a stellata.

By the plum tree



A charming, small tree that is showy in the springtime


This is a really attractive, small garden tree. Even though it grows quite slowly it flowers every year.

Kath Croft



Highly recommended


The magnolia arrived in great condition, it has pride of place in the front garden and is looking like it will flower really well




A beautiful tree


This plant was purchased one year ago, small 2 litre pot. Magnolias are slow to grow. It has grown well in its 1st year in our garden and put on a good 10cms. I'm happy with that. It did not flower last year and I have high hopes for this year. It looked very healthy and had good foliage last summer. A perfect small tree for a shady spot and good in a pot for quiet a few years before needing to be planted into a shady spot in the ground.




Just about to flower


Suffered some wind damage. May need to be resited




beautiful plant


Healthy plant, hardy and easy to grow. Comes back year after year. Looks attractive in a pot or garden. Just what I was looking for. would recommend.





4.7 9


Last week in the extreme heat my recently purchased magnolia stellata (still in the 3 litre pot) got very heat/sun damaged despite being well watered. A lot of the leaves are brown and dried (but not all). I am wondering if it will survive or just to buy another one instead?


Hello, It sounds as though (despite) being watered, it dried out, which they do very quickly in the small pots. Whether of not it survives is difficult to say as it will depend on how badly damaged it was. I would be tempted to hope for the best however and plant it out as normal. Keep it well watered and keep an eye on it. It is unlikely to put on much new growth before spring next year, however you will be able to check and see if the stems are still alive by gently scraping your fingernail along the stem. If it is green just below the bark then there is a good chance it will survive.


Hello Crocus, I am ordering a range of plants for my son's new home as a Christmas gift. I have had a Magnolia Stellata Waterfall for some years which is stunningly beautiful and so wanted to include one of these. Your Magnolia Stellata doesn't specify which variety it is ... can you help? Thankyou.


Hello, We sell the species rather than a cultivated form, so its full and proper name is simply called Magnolia stellata.


Will Magnolias survive really cold winters Thank you for the information on Magnolias. However, we live 1000 ft above sea level in Mid-Wales and had temperatures in January 2010 down to Minus 16C. Can I really grow Magnolias in our situation? Margaret

DerekandMaggie Parker

Hello Margaret, The Magnolias we sell are fully hardy in most areas of the UK, however the best indication of what will grow in your area is to see what is already there. Alternatively if you really get blasted by wind or freezing temperatures and you want plants that usually won't tolerate these conditions, then perhaps you need to create a shelterbelt, which will produce a microclimate. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant Doctor

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Specimen plant/tree for centre of lawn Hello, I'm planning on having a specimen plant/tree to go into the centre of the lawn in our garden, but I'm unsure of what the best choice would be. The area isn't very large so ideally I'm looking for something that will not grow very big, no more than 5 feet in height would be ideal. I really like Cherry trees and Magnolias, but I'm unsure if there are any varieties that would be suitable. I would like it to flower, but I don't mind if it is deciduous or evergreen. Also, the position would be in full sun. Any suggestions would be really appreciated, Many thanks, Kindest regards, Nick

Gleaming Gem

Hello Nick, I suspect these might be too big (5' is really extremely small for a tree), but there are a couple of very compact plants that may be suitable. Here are some of the best. Prunus mume Ben-chidori Prunus Kiku-shidare-zakura Magnolia stellata Cotoneaster Hybridus Pendulous I hope this gives you a few ideas. Helen Plant Doctor

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Magnolia planting Hi, I have just taken delivery of a Magnolia (Star Magnolia). At the moment it is outside, in the bottom half of the box. I have just checked on your website and it says it is best to plant in April. What should I do with it in the mean time, and how do I care for it? Regards Laura

Laura Steed

Hello Helen Thank you for your help - I will do as you suggest. Laura

Laura Steed

Hello Laura, These are fully hardy so, although the optimum time for planting is spring or autumn, they can be planted out at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. Therefore I would recommend you get it into the ground as soon as you can. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub.... Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards Margaret


Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Magnolia tree pruning Greetings, We have a very mature Magnolia tree which grows from five thick stems (6 inches across) from ground level. The canopy starts from 4 feet and it has grown now 20 feet. It flowers well and often has a second flowering in September. It is a well known tree in our rural area. Can I prune the tree down to six feet in height with the hope it will send up sapling growth and then I would be able to control the height from ground level as now owing to heath problems I am not allowed to use step ladders. In anticipation --much appreciation.

Dick Brown

Hello There, It can be risky, but many Magnolias will slowly recover from being cut back hard, although it will take a few years to regain its composure. If you have a spring flowering type, then the best time to tackle this is in mid summer after the flowers have faded. It is important that you do not prune them from late winter to summer as they are prone to 'bleeding'. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Choosing the right plant Hello, I'm trying to find a suitable plant for my back garden, its south facing and its a clay soil. We live in a new build house so are overlooked. The plants are for at the bottom of the garden away from the house so we want plants that will give us privacy. I have been looking on your website but can't choose what to have. I am thinking that a Magnolia would be nice but I am not sure which one to choose. As I have no other plants in my garden, this will be the focal point for a while! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks Samantha

Samantha Walsh

Hello Samantha, I love all the Magnolias, but the ones with the cup-shaped flowers are my favourite. Magnolia Susan is relatively compact and has lovely dark coloured flowers - just click on the following link to go straight to it. If your soil is not strongly acidic or alkaline (you can check this with a simple test kit which we sell) then I would check the information on our site and pick one of the Magnolias that you like the look of best. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Pruning the dark flowering variety of Magnolia bush Hello Crocus, I am making enquiries for a friend who has a Magnolia, as stated in the subject line its bush type with dark flowers and would like to know how to prune it. It's got a wide girth and started to spread over the path. I have not seen it myself and I only know of the tree with white/pinkish flowers. Hoping you can advise and thank you for time and trouble. Kind Regards, Albert

Albert Holmes

Hello Albert, These plants really don't require any pruning, apart from removing wayward or crossing branches in late winter or early spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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Size of your Magnolias please? I'm thinking of buying a magnolia from you and would like to know roughly how tall it would be when delivered. Your site provides the final size but not the size on delivery, only the pot size.

It will really depend on the variety as some are naturally more vigorous than others, but as a very general rule, the 3 litre Magnolias are approximately 25 - 30cm in height, while the 5 litre Magnolias will be roughly 50 - 80cm tall.


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