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I planted this magnolia in a dry shade area of the Secret Patio garden. It is flanked on either side by a ''Tamukeyama' weeping red Japanese maple. These three shrubs along with two mature oak trees provide a buffer for the secret patio. They are joined by wildflowers and a few perennials. This is a garden that pretty much has to take care of itself because it is quite a distance away from the main outdoor living area. All three small shrubs get only about three hours of sun during the midday. I think it is enough judging by the show this magnolia is putting on this year.
There is another similar type magnolia that is a favored magnolia in this area; that magnolia is a pink flowering one and is known as Magnolia soulangiana, or saucer magnolia and sometimes it is called tulip magnolia. A cultivar readily found in the big box stores is 'Jane', but there are many types available. I love this magnolia as well as the star magnolia but chose the star magnolia for its wonderful fragrance, white color and shade tolerance. Both magnolias bloom about the same time each year. Most years the bloom is outstanding but should a late freeze come along all blooms will quickly turn to mush, not a pretty sight. A protected site is beneficial for these early blooming Asian magnolias, though they are hardy from Zones 4-8.
The star magnolia will grow to about 20'x 10-15'. There are a few specimens around town and they are simply stunning and unmistakable. The largest star magnolia I know of is located at the Clarksville Post Office on Madison Street. It is a very mature specimen and probably a good 20-30' feet tall and about 15-20' around. Star magnolias are slow growers so you can only imagine how long this magnolia has been in its spot by the post office. It and all star magnolias sparkle just as a star....
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