Magnolia stellata (Siebold & Zucc.) Maxim., Bull. Acad. Imp. Sci. Saint-Pétersbourg 17: 418 1872. (Syn: Buergeria stellata Siebold & Zucc.; Magnolia halleana auct.; Magnolia keiskei (Makino) Ihrig; Magnolia kobus f. rosea (Veitch ex Hu) Blackburn; Magnolia kobus var. stellata (Siebold & Zucc.) Blackburn; Magnolia kobus f. stellata (Siebold & Zucc.) Blackburn; Magnolia kobus f. stellata (Siebold & Zucc.) Maxim.; Magnolia rosea (Veitch ex Hu) Ihrig; Magnolia simii Siebold ex Miq.; Magnolia sinostellata P.L.Chiu & Z.H.Chen; Magnolia stellata var. keiskei Makino; Magnolia stellata var. rosea Veitch ex Hu; Talauma stellata (Siebold & Zucc.) Miq.; Yulania sinostellata (P.L.Chiu & Z.H.Chen) D.L.Fu; Yulania stellata (Maxim.) N.H.Xia);
It bears large, showy white or pink flowers in early spring, before its leaves open.
This species is closely related to the Kobushi magnolia (Magnolia kobus), and is treated by many botanists as a variety or even a cultivar of that. However, Magnolia stellata was accepted as a distinct species in the 1998 monograph by Hunt.
This tree grows 4.6 to 6 m (15 to 20 ft) in height, spreading to 4.6m in width at maturity. Young trees display upright oval growth, but the plants spread and mound with age.
The tree blooms at a young age, with the slightly fragrant 7–10 cm (3–4 in) flowers covering the bare plant in late winter or early spring before the leaves appear. There is natural variation within the flower color, which varies from white to rich pink; the hue of pink magnolias also changes from year to year, depending on day and night air temperatures prior to and during flowering. The flowers are star-shaped, with at least 12 thin, delicate petal-like tepals—some cultivars have more than 30. The leaves open bronze-green, turning to deep green as they mature, and yellow before dropping in autumn. They are oblong and about 4 in (10 cm) long by about an 1.5 in (4 cm) wide.
These magnolias produce a reddish-green, knobby aggregate fruit about 2 in long that matures and opens in early autumn. Mature fruit opens by slits to reveal orange-red seeds, but the fruits often drop before developing fully.
Young twigs have smooth, shiny chestnut brown bark, while the main trunks have smooth, silvery gray bark. Like the saucer magnolia (Magnolia × soulangeana), it is deciduous, revealing a twiggy, naked frame in winter. Plants have thick, fleshy roots which are found fairly close to the surface and do not tolerate much disturbance.
(From Wikipedia on 21.3.11)
Dilleniaceae, Magnoliaceae and Annonaceae Fortnight :: Magnoliaceae – Magnolia stellata – Michigan, USA :: AKMAR-11 : 4 posts by 3 authors. Attachments (5).
Attached are pictures of Magnolia stellata captured from Michigan, USA in May 2013.
Requested to please validate ID.
Wow..Snow white… Nice collection..
Tree for ID : Atlanta, Georgia : 14JAN19 : AK-24 : 6 posts by 4 authors. Attachments (4)
A small tree seen in a cultivated garden during my visit in Oct,18.
This is a Magnolia but I cannot say which one. Possibly M. stellata?
Thanks … I will try searching further.
large leaf? tend to have blah flowers. all energy to leaves
I agree with … id of Magnolia stellata as per
Thanks … And thanks to … for the id. Wish I was lucky to see the flowers.