Pleasing dainty white flowers and perfect for small gardens
Commonly referred to as the Star Magnolia, the Magnolia stellata tree boasts pure white obovate flowers (sometimes with a pale pink tinge) in the spring, blossoming from small silky buds during winter time. The deciduous Japanese tree emits a pleasantly soft fragrance and holds little space, making it an ideal plant for gardens with limited area to play with.
This easy care shrub requires little pruning and will reward you by creating a fantastic focal point in the garden offering year round interest.
- Habit: Bushy
- Flower Color: Pure White/Pale Pink
- Flower Type: Cup-Shaped
- Foliage Color: Green with brown tinge
- Supplied As: 5L Pot
- Height on Arrival: 0.6m-0.9m
- Age: 2 years
- Eventual Height & Spread: 10m x 10m (30 x 30ft)
We have developed an eco friendly polypot that is currently in use across our 9 litre range. This polypot has less than 20% of the plastic used by a regular pot, and is importantly recyclable. Polypots also prevent root spiraling, encouraging a healthier root system.
All trees arrive in an extra thick cardboard box with a clamp to hold their pot in place. This prevents them from moving around on their journey.
Nursery staff will wrap the roots of our bare root trees and use compost to keep them moist during transportation. This extra protection prevents them from drying out, allowing for a flying start. We also use the same specialised box that our potted trees have to keep them nice and secure as they make their way to your home.
- Watering: Bare root trees should have their roots soaked in water for up to 2 hours before planting, while with containerised trees, it is important to drench their root ball before planting.
- Pruning: Another difference is that for bare root trees, it is useful to prune their woody roots back a few inches. However, for containerised trees, you should free any spiralized roots growing around their rootball's circumference.
- Planting: With bare root trees, you should dig a hole to enable the graft point to be above the soil, while with containerised trees, the pot should sit no lower than an inch below the ground.
- With both, you should dig a hole that is twice the radius of their rootball. Stake your trees no more than 2 - 3 inches from the stem, and make sure that they are pointing away from the prevailing wind.
- Fill the planting hole with a mix of compost and garden soil, finishing with fertiliser and mycorrhizal fungi. Take care to not compress the soil.
- Once you are happy with your efforts, give your tree a generous watering.
- Add mulch on top (this can be bark and wood chippings, compost, manure, leaf-mould, and stones), and ensure that these do not touch the stem of the tree.
- Tie the stake to your tree (and leave space for growth), and place a rabbit guard around your tree to protect it from harmful pests.
- Apply fertiliser and replace decomposed mulch come spring. In autumn, remove fallen leaves to prevent the risk of disease. You should also make sure that the ties are not rubbing your tree.
- Hardiness: While magnolia trees originate from North America and Asia, the varieties we stock have been specially bred to cope in colder weather. As such, they will be fully hardy in the UK climate.
- Position: Magnolia trees benefit from being planted in full sun. Planting them in a sheltered spot will also help them put more resources into their flowering display.
- Soil: Soil types can be an unwelcome confusion as many plants will adapt to their conditions. Nonetheless, less than ideal conditions will certainly limit your Magnolia’s growth. Waterlogged soils will starve them of oxygen, which plays a key role in photosynthesis; causing their roots to rot and creating an optimal environment for disease. Similarly, compressed soils can starve them of oxygen and water, so do not compress the soil when planting.
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