Common Name: Chrysanthemumiflora Star Magnolia
Habit: A large, multistemmed shrub, or if desired prune to grow as a small tree. Form is relatively compact with dense branching, reaching 10 to 15’ tall and 8 to 12’ wide. Has excellent cold hardiness, Zones 5-9.
Foliage: The deciduous medium green leaves are oval to elliptic in shape.
Flower: Clear pink fading to a pale pink when fully open, 3 ½ to 4” across with up to 40 petal-like tepals -- very reminiscent of a football mum! Blooms in early spring, however since it flowers early in the season, avoid planting in a southern exposure where the warming sun may stimulate the flower buds to open prematurely and thus become more vulnerable to frost damage.
Interesting Fact: A seedling of the pink-flowered Star Magnolia, Magnolia stellata 'Rubra'; it was selected by the well-known, magnolia breeder K. Wada of Hakoneya Nurseries, Yokohama, Japan. The cultivar name refers to the flowers that appear as football mums, i.e. chrysanthemums at a homecoming.