Pink Stardust Magnolia
Magnolia stellata 'Pink Stardust'
Pink Stardust Magnolia flowers
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Height: 15 feet
Spread: 10 feet
Hardiness Zone: 4a
An ideal accent tree for smaller home landscapes, features extremely fragrant star-shaped light pink flowers in early spring with numerous petals, upright and multi-stemmed, fast growing; flowers may be occasionally lost to late spring frosts
Pink Stardust Magnolia is blanketed in stunning fragrant pink star-shaped flowers with white overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn coppery-bronze in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed in early fall.
Pink Stardust Magnolia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a distinctive and refined pyramidal form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.
This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.
Pink Stardust Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;
- Mass Planting
- General Garden Use
Planting & Growing
Pink Stardust Magnolia will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.
This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.