magnolia stellata

Royal Star Magnolia

This fan favorite has large, full white blooms that beacon in the spring season.


  • Tolerates: Clay Soil, Moderate Drought Tolerance
  • Sun: Full Sun, Partial Shade
  • Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
  • Spread (Min): 8
  • Spread (Max): 15
  • Height (Min): 10
  • Height (Max): 20


There is no better compliment to your landscape all year long than a Royal Star Magnolia. Its hardy, upright cup-shaped blooms span across the bare branches at the beginnings of spring, before its neighboring trees have even awakened from their long hibernation. After its beautiful bloom, the Royal Star Magnolia becomes an expansive green beauty in the background that compliments your colorful summer flowers.

  • Engrossed in white blossoms every spring
  • Its size fits perfectly in small and large spaces- complimenting its surroundings no matter its placement
  • Easily grown in ordinary conditions
  • Hardy to minus 30
  • Pest and disease proof

Planting Location: When scouting out a location, look for moist, well-drained soil. It’s not very tolerant of extremes (both wet and dry), although it will do fine in clay as long as drainage is adequate. Additionally, try to find a spot that is not exposed to strong winds, particularly in winter. It will do well in either full sun or partial shade but too much sunlight can fool the buds into opening too early in the year. Royal Star’s usually bloom around 2 weeks later than standard cultivars of the species, so they are less susceptible to late frosts.

Appearance: Flowering trees of this size and beauty bring an x-factor to any space. Among these flowering trees, the Magnolia stellate Royal Star is second-to-none. Its spectacular feature is its breathtaking display of flowers that arrives every spring. But its glossy green foliage complete with leaves that taper to a point after its bloom is almost just as breathtaking. Each bloom reaches a diameter of 3 – 4 inches across its 12 – 18 white petals, which surround a pale-yellow center. It’s a mid-sized tree that usually grows to between 15 and 20 feet high and reaches a width of 8 to 15 feet.

Hardiness: The Royal Star Magnolia is as hassle-free as a typical Spruce or Pine but does not need a lot of work to keep it in great shape. It’s suitable for USDA plant hardiness zones 4 to 8, meaning it should do well across the USA with the exception of the northern regions and those areas of the Midwest with colder winters.

Uses on Property: The Royal Star Magnolia is just about the perfect addition to any space. Its beauty is more than enough as a centerpiece but if trimmed small, it works well as a shrub border or informal hedge.

Pruning: Left to its own devices it forms a spreading domed crown but can be trimmed into a globe or oval shape. Royal Star Magnolias are tolerant of pruning and can be shaped easily; prune in late winter before new growth starts for best results.

The Royal Star Magnolia is hassle-free and flowering from an early age, allowing you to adore its beauty with ease. It flourishes in normal gardening conditions allowing for conducive growth in full-sun or partial-shade. Its maturation height is just 20 feet tall which is small enough to lay in the background of any small garden or in the forefront of an expansive property.

  • Plant Hardiness Zones: 4 – 8
  • Mature Width: 8 – 15
  • Mature Height: 10 – 20
  • Soil Conditions: Adaptable
  • Sunlight: Full Sun or Partial Sun
  • Drought Tolerance: Moderate

The Magnolia family originally evolved in Asia but there are also wild species native to North America. Its ancient lineage gained notoriety so-much-so that a Magnolia bloom is the official state flower of both Mississippi and Louisiana. There are so many varieties of Magnolias available now because of their popularity among gardeners which led to the cultivation and free trade of them around the world.