magnolia 'gold star'

Gold Star Magnolia

With fragrant and visually distinct, creamy yellow blooms, the Magnolia Gold Star lives up to its name.


  • Zones: 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Spread (Min): 15
  • Spread (Max): 20
  • Height (Min): 15
  • Height (Max): 25


The Magnolia Gold Star welcomes spring each year with upright, fragrant, star-shaped creamy yellow flowers. Before the flowers begins to open, the dainty blooms sit perched on the branches awaiting the sunlight of early spring. You will want to plant this medium-sized flowering tree in a spot near your window or patio so that its progression can be appreciated.

  • Creamy yellow bloom
  • Attractive branches and bark
  • Fragrant flowers
  • Dramatic spring bloom
  • Winner of the prestigious Award of Garden Merit of the Royal Horticultural Society

Planting Location: Plant with protection from strong winds and avoid warm southern exposures that may encourage premature budding.

Uses on Property: Flowering tee, specimen or accent tree, small shade tree
Pruning: If needed, prune immediately after flowering.

Magnolias are adaptable to clay, loam, or sandy soils, but they do not grow well in wet or poorly drained soils. The Magnolia Gold Star thrives when grown in moist, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained soils. Additionally, they do well in both full sun to partial shade but make sure to provide a location sheltered from intense winds.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 5 – 8
  • Mature Width: 15 – 20
  • Mature Height: 18 – 20
  • Soil Conditions: Organically rich, neutral to slightly acidic, well-drained soil
  • Sunlight: Full sun to partial shade
  • Drought Tolerance: Little

The ‘Gold Star’ was hybridized by Phil Savage in the 1990s in Bloomfield Hills, Michigan. The parents of this hybrid are M. acuminate var. subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’ and M. stellate ‘Rubra’.