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Royal Star Magnolia Clump

Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'

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Royal Star Magnolia Clump (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') at Bachman's Landscaping

Royal Star Magnolia Clump flowers

Royal Star Magnolia Clump flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Royal Star Magnolia Clump (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') at Bachman's Landscaping

Royal Star Magnolia Clump in bloom

Royal Star Magnolia Clump in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4


An ideal accent tree for smaller landscapes with fragrant star-shaped snow-white flowers in early spring. Compact, upright multi-stem that is fast growing. Hardiest Magnolia there is. Also available in tree form.

Ornamental Features

Royal Star Magnolia Clump is smothered in stunning fragrant white star-shaped flowers with 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.

Landscape Attributes

Royal Star Magnolia Clump is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded 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 high maintenance shrub that will require regular care and upkeep, 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.

Royal Star Magnolia Clump is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Royal Star Magnolia Clump will grow to be about 10 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 highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments, 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 selection of a native North American species.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features