The magnolia is a native of Japan, where it grows wild in some areas.Named after the eighteenth century French botanist Pierre Magnol, professor of botany and director of the botanical garden of Montpellier.Introduced in American gardens in 1862, reached the British Isles some fifteen years later.
Characteristics of the cultivation of Magnolia stellata
The Magnolia stellata is a deciduous shrub more well rounded, reaching 3m. and sometimes more though, to be slow growing, usually has little more than 1.25 m. In general it is much broader than high, and a floor of 1.25 m. height can have a length of 2m. The flowers, white stellate with 12-18 petals, opening before leaves in mid spring. One advantage of this magnolia is blooming while it is still a very small kill, in fact, plants less than 30cm. in height and produce flowers. There is a variety 'Rose', which is known as Rose, whose buds are certainly roses, but which are white flowers open as usual.However, plants are likely to give Rosea seed, which practically does not occur with the ordinary type of magnolia. When the flowers are gone, the plant is oblong and narrow leaves up to 10cm. long.
With respect to frost, the plant is very resilient, but the flowers are opening may be damaged by frost or wind. This is a risk that must be run on all early flowering magnolias. Freezing does not harm the shrub flowers themselves.
Magnolia stellata care
The Magnolia stellata requires full light and good soil, ideal for a small garden. Does not do well in limestone soils, although some alkalinity does not seem to damage it. However, we do better in neutral or slightly acidic soils.
When planting young magnolias remember that require well fermented manure or mulch around the roots immediately. Mix with garden soil to mix very lightly, in which new roots can move easily. All magnolias are rather thick fleshy roots, and in general it is advisable to delay planting until April.
However, in certain regions where the spring is normally dry, the plants are endangered, in which case it is best to plant in autumn. If planted in spring, must be thoroughly wet around the bush and then applied to a base with a mulch, ferns or dried poultry manure to prevent the soil to dry in time so crucial. If the soil is rather poor, dig a hole of 45 cm. deep and up to 2 m. wide, to fill it with a special blend.This will ensure a good start for the plant and, as must always remain in the garden, well worth any discomfort is taken to help in its infancy.
The plant is closely related to M. kobus, growing quite fast, reaching up to 12 m. tall, but often takes some time to fully blossom. The M.stellata often grafted on the other hand, although M. stellata is one of the few magnolias can be grown relatively easily from cuttings, choose a solid rod but still not woody. The M. M. stellata and kobus have crossed to give the M. hybrid x loebneri, which bloom early stellata joining the largest of kobus; some specimens grow to 7.5 m.and a little more width.
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