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Highly Desirable Ornamental Royal Star Magnolia Shrub

  • Fragrant White Flowers in Early Spring
  • Can Used as a Shrub or Small Tree
  • Lovely, Glossy Foliage
  • Excellent Form
  • Pest and Disease Resistant
  • Blooms Later to Resist Frost Damage
  • Winner of the Prestigious 'Award of Garden Merit' from the Royal Horticultural Society

For discerning gardeners who want to stand out a bit from the pack, Royal Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star') offers a special charm unlike any other. The unique flowers draw the eye of everyone who sees them.

Forgive us for waxing poetic, but these blooms look like a starburst of pristine white ribbons surrounding a tiny glowing sun. Each 4-inch long double bloom is comprised of 25 - 30 long, strappy petals surrounding a pale yellow center.

They'll liberally cover the shrub on branches bare of leaves - a display that is sure to be the envy of your neighborhood!

With larger, star-shaped flowers, this prize-winning cultivar is particularly sought after. They also bloom a bit later than others, which helps it resist frost damage in cold winter Zones 4 - 6.

Royal Star Magnolia is known for its attractive form and large oblong leaves. This ornamental, deciduous tree creates an outstanding specimen in your yard.

Use Royal Star Magnolia as either a small tree or large shrub. It becomes a wonderful focal point for your Spring Garden.

It is clear to see why the Royal Star Magnolia is such a popular Magnolia cultivar. Larger and later blooms, in addition to all the other stellar qualities of a Magnolia, make this a must-have for any landscape. Order today!

How to Use Royal Star Magnolia in the Landscape

Royal Star is a superb flowering shrub for many landscape applications. It is a perfect specimen plant to anchor a foundation planting. Place it at least 10 feet from your house, so you can easily access the exterior, even when the shrub is mature.

Angle it out from the corner to accent your home's architecture or use closer to the picture window to provide a bit of screening. That's especially true if you have a picture window to study the early spring flower show from inside your snug and warm home.

Use 3 or 5 of these in a berm or lawn planting. Plant them in a loose zig-zag and vary the spacing - from 10 - 25 feet apart - to create a wonderful, natural woodland look. If you want each to shine as an individual, give them at least 20 feet between their neighbor.

This plant is also great on the edge of a woodland garden. It looks fantastic when planted next to a pond or waterway.

Royal Star is extremely versatile. Lower branches can be pruned up into a high canopy, single trunk tree, or grow it as a pretty and effective privacy screen.

Keep it unpruned to use as a low-maintenance, large shrub. Plant them 8 feet apart (measuring from the center of one to the center of the next.) Allow them to fill in naturally to create a marvelous freeform "friendly fence" hedge along your property line. It will wow your neighbors every spring!

Another way to use this special kind of hedge is within your own landscape. Create a secret garden room with walls made out of Royal Star Magnolia. Give yourself a little space of your own to get lost in. People are loving Meditation Gardens, outdoor Yoga studios, or just a comfy place to cozy up with a good book and a small pitcher of your favorite adult beverage.

#ProPlantTips for Care

The Royal Star Magnolia grows in either full sun or part shade. It requires well-drained soil. If you see puddles that remain after a rain in the area you want to plant it, just "mound up". Add additional soil in a mounded heap 18 - 24 inches above your soil. You'll plant directly into the mound.

It loves organically rich, well-drained soil. In warm, dry climates, you'll ideally want to check your soil pH and amend as needed to reach between 6 - 7. In areas with higher pH, plant where it will receive morning sun and give protection from the hot afternoon sun. Fertilize yearly with Dr. Earth Acid Lovers Premium Fertilizer to help maintain proper pH.

Give it a nice layer of mulch 3 to 4 inches deep and spread it to 3 feet outside of the canopy of the shrub. Please don't let the mulch touch the trunk.

The Royal Star Magnolia has no serious disease or pest problems and requires little pruning to get its great structure. It's amenable to any pruning you choose to provide.

Water carefully at the start. You don't want to overwater, but you shouldn't let it dry out. The best way to see if your new plant needs water is by poking your finger in the ground. If it's getting dry, give it a nice long drink. If it's moist, no need to add any more water.

Even after they are established in your soil, baby it a bit. Magnolias love the warm weather but need a drink when it starts to get dry, especially in hot climates.

You'll be happy to provide that tender loving care to this wonderful shrub. Order today and get started with your new love affair!

Tree Form vs. Shrub Form

The details make all the difference in a garden. At, we understand that little things like what form a plant is can greatly impact how you plan your landscape. So before you buy, don’t forget to check which form you’re getting.

Tree Form: 

These are plants that have one stem coming from the ground. Plants can also be considered single stem when lower branches are removed to raise the height of the branching to a more desired height. Sometimes, you will hear a tree form referred to as a single stem.

Shrub Form:

These are bushy plants with many stems and branchings close to the ground. They are referred to as shrubs or bushes and are often shorter than their tree forms. 

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 29.95
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Royal Star Magnolia Shrub Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-9
Growing Zones 4-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 10 - 20 feet
Mature Spread 10 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun, Partial Shade
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Pollinator Friendly Yes