Royal Star Magnolia
Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’
A good tree, a tree that should do well in Keizer.
Northwest gardeners can look forward to March when the popular magnolia cultivar known as Royal Star bursts forth with large, double white fragrant flowers that appear before the leaves on this deciduous shrub.
As this cultivar sends up numerous suckers from the base of the plant, this species can be considered a shrub as opposed to a small tree. Under good conditions it can grow to a height of 15’-20’ with a width of 12’-15’ in an oval to rounded shape. It bears simple, alternate dark green leaves which are narrow and elliptic in shape. Leaves range in length from 2”-4”.
In mid-winter silvery buds open to clear white flowers, which are 3”-4” in diameter with up to 25 petals. The name for this cultivar is derived from its star-shaped flowers. This magnolia variant typically blooms 2 weeks later than the species (M. stellata) from which it was selected.
In the fall, well after the flowers have been shed, the greenish fruit pods split open to reveal red seeds within. Leaf foliage is not considered showy in the fall.