Magnolia stellata, a shrub that has a large aromatic flowering

Magnolia stellata also known as Star Magnolia . It belongs to the Magnoliaceae family, of the Magnolia genus, all of its plants being ornamental. It is native to Japan.

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Characteristics of the Magnolia stellata

Deciduous, perennial shrub with a bushy-bushy appearance that can grow up to 4 m in height.

The leaves are deciduous, obovate or elliptical, 6 to 12 cm long.

The flowers are small, white, pink or purple, are very fragrant and are made up of numerous very patent petals. It blooms in the spring.

Magnolia stellata care

Species that is used as an isolated foot or in groups in the middle of the lawn or to decorate the walls.

It requires to be in semi-shade. In a place sheltered from strong winds and frost.

As for the soil, it should be slightly acidic, with added peat, a little light leaf mulch and with good drainage so that it can develop properly.

Irrigation should be abundant in the summer, preventing the ground from being dry.

It should be mentioned that the petals tend to rust or stain if they are touched or exposed to heavy rain.

Pruning  consists of removing dry or wilted branches to allow vigorous growth.

Composting can bring its benefits. On the one hand, the incorporation of background fertilizer for an improvement in the transplant. On the other hand, a considerable optimization of the physical properties of the soil, as well as an increase in the development of the roots.

The pests that could damage it are aphids and snails. Like iron chlorosis, that is, the lack of iron in calcareous soil.

It can be multiplied by means of cuttings, grafts, seeds and layering (in late spring or fall). For the seeds, they should be sown as soon as they have been collected in the autumn, or, if you want to wait until spring, they should be stratified at about 4 ° for two months.

As a recommendation, this tree can have a decorative effect, when placed in an angle of the garden, at the bottom of it, or at a certain distance.

So don’t wait any longer and get this beautiful specimen. Now that you already have him, don’t hesitate to give us a few tips so that he always looks healthy and vigorous.

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