Magnolia stellata 'Water Lily'
star magnolia 'Water Lily'
A slow-growing, rounded, medium-sized deciduous shrub with narrowly obovate leaves. Fully open flowers are pure white with around 20 spreading tepals.
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Ultimate height1.5–2.5 metres
Time to ultimate height10–20 years
Ultimate spread2.5–4 metres
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Colour & scent
- Full sun
- Partial shade
South–facing or West–facing or East–facing
- Native to the UK
Magnolia can be deciduous or evergreen trees or shrubs, with large, showy, often fragrant flowers, often opening before the leaves, and sometimes followed by colourful cone-like fruit
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How to grow
Grow in moist, humus-rich, well-drained neutral to acid soil in sun or part shade with shelter from cold winds. Late frosts may damage flower buds. Will grow in moist alkaline soil conditions. Further magnolia cultivation advice
Suggested planting locations and garden types
- City and courtyard gardens
- Patio and container plants
- Cottage and informal garden
- Low Maintenance
Magnolia pruning should be carried out in midsummer when in full leaf
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