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.
- 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.