Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’

Botanical Name: Magnolia stellata ‘Centennial’

Common Name:
Centennial Star Magnolia

Plant Hardiness: Zone 4

Flower: The primarily white flower has a pink tinge to it and has a nice fragrance

Bloom Time: Mid to late April

Foliage: Dark green leaves turn yellow in fall

Fruit: A cluster of red fruits are covered with a green skin. Not very showy since the red fruits don’t always show well

Habit: Upright, pyramidal form with a vigorous rate of growth

Size: 25 feet tall

Sun Exposure: Full sun for best flower set

Native Habitat: Japan

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Description: ‘Centennial’ – From the Arnold Arboretum’s 100 year anniversary. This variety has a slightly larger, more open flower than the species, with a slight pink blush.

We found Magnolia stellata to be a lot more hardy than the more typical source of magnolia, Magnolia x soulangiana. This native of Japan is also a more dainty tree with smaller leaves, smaller stems and heavier branching. Star Magnolia blooms quite early in the spring, generally late April, and the fragrant flowers have many petals forming what looks like a starburst. It is a very pretty shrub with its greatest problem being the fact that it blooms so early in the spring that very often the petals are damaged by late frost.