Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Star magnolia-Magnolia stellata tree and flowers

Star magnolia - Magnolia stellata, is another early flowering magnolia species, native to Japan. Just like the closely related Mountain magnolia, Star magnolia is a slow growing, deciduous, large shrub or small tree, reaching 4.6 to 6 m (15 to 20 ft) in height, displaying oval growth in youth and spreads and mounds with age, developing a dense-compact, twiggy structure.
Star magnolia trees blooms just before Saucer magnolias (Magnolia x. soulangiana), the flowers covering the bare plant in late winter or early spring, before the leaves show.
Unlike the Kobushi magnolia, this tree blooms at a young age.
Star magnolia-Magnolia stellata picture
  • The lightly fragrant, star shaped flowers are white to pink-tinged, having narrow and strap-like tepals (petals).
  • Leaves are smaller than other magnolias and form a dense foliage mass.
    New leaves emerge with a bronze cast, turning to deep green as they mature, and yellow before dropping in autumn, without developing spectacular fall color.
  • Its reddish-green fruits mature and open by slits to reveal orange-red seeds, in early autumn.
Star magnolia tree in blossom
Star magnolia tree-Magnolia stellata

The photos were taken at the Central Park of Cluj-Napoca (my town).

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7 comments:

Larry said...

A truly lovely specimen!! Larry

Janie said...

Wow, what beautiful trees and flowers!

EG Wow said...

It's such a beautiful tree!

amatterofhowyouseeit.com said...

Looking at these gorgeous trees and their blossoms bring so much joy to my heart. Thanks for sharing them Maia.

Gabriela Delworth said...

Hello,

Thanks so much for visiting me!
I love Magnolias, they are so beautiful.


~ Gabriela ~

Jama said...

They look so beautiful with flowers blooming full force! I've seen a few trees here but unfortunately they don't mass bloom, probably due to our year long tropical heat. I've seen just a few blooms.

Míriam Luiza said...

Lindas fotos! Esta flor é linda!

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