Magnolia Magnolia stellata

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65L pot size - half standard / 1.5-2.0m
£300.00

All prices include VAT. As trees are living and growing, on occasion the height may exceed the range indicated above.

All prices include VAT. As trees are living and growing, on occasion the height may exceed the range indicated above.

All prices include VAT. As trees are living and growing, on occasion the height may exceed the range indicated above.

All prices include VAT. As trees are living and growing, on occasion the height may exceed the range indicated above.

Product description

MAGNOLIA STELLATA – Star Magnolia

Characteristics

This many branched large shrub rarely reaches 5m (15ft) tall, but can be 7m (20ft) wide.  The flowers are pure white and star shaped. They appear in April, before the leaves, and are fragrant. The leaves are oblong about 3 inches long and taper to the base.

Where to grow

Magnolias need moist soils with a high organic matter content.  They do not like drying out nor do they cope with waterlogged soils.  It is often thought that Magnolias will not tolerate alkaline soils however many of the common varieties will do well except on chalky soils.

As the flowers are frost sensitive they are best kept out of frost pockets and windy exposed spots.

Did you know?

It is originally from Japan and was introduced to the UK in 1877 and has proved one of the most popular as the flowering is very reliable and starts when the plant is very young.  However as the flowers are susceptible to frost in some springs they can be blackened by late frosts.

In its native Japan it is found in the  wild, but only in the mountains North-East of Nagoya.

 

 

Features

Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Very Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
Scent
Scented Flowers
Uses
Small garden Tree
Suitable for Containers
Suitable for Patio

Features

Mature height
Very Small up to 5 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Shrub Multi-Stem
Growth rate
Very Slow
Soil type
All soil types
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Spring
Leaf
Green
Flower colour
White
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
Scent
Scented Flowers
Uses
Small garden Tree
Suitable for Containers
Suitable for Patio

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital that for at least 3 years after planting your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one metre wide completely free of grass. 

  1. Mulch mats are an effective way to stop grass and weeds, although they will require a careful eye to make sure they continue to work. After clearing the ground around the tree, firmly fit the mat by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this. Be careful not to allow the woodchip to touch the stem as it can cause rot.
  2. Weed killer is very effective, however it is harmful to the environment. Organic weed killers usually do not kill roots. Weed killer needs to be applied each year for the first 3 years, preferably when the tree is dormant, or just once before applying a mulch mat.
  3. Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


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