Monday, March 12, 2012
Star Magnolias are Simply Heavenly
Have you ever seen a star magnolis (Magnolia stellata) in bloom? It is certainly a heavenly sight to see. Clarksville is very fortunate to have a huge star magnolia located on Madison Street right in front of the US Post Office. If you are local and haven't noticed this splendid tree you really must make an effort to drive by the post office to view this tree. Each year this tree stands head and shoulders above all other star magnolias in town. Normally star magnolias; which are native to Japan; grow to be large shrubs or small trees. I'd call this tree more like a medium tree because it must be at least 30-40 feet tall and it probably has a spread of more than 20 feet. The flowers have a faint scent that is most pleasant.
I am not sure who initially planted this star magnolia but it is within feet of the post office proper, and is surrounded by pavement; yet it shines and grows and flourishes with no help at all from humans. Star magnolias are a unique sight to see in the spring because their blossoms are so large and so white that the tree really looks like a naked Christmas tree with whole stars hanging on the tips of the branches.
I loved these trees so much I purchased a Royal Star magnolia for my own garden in 2009. It took me about two years to realize I did not have the right conditions for it. So I dug it up and passed it along to my daughter Christine who just moved into a new house in southeastern Alabama. She tells me the star magnolia is just about ready to bloom and it is looking fantastic. I hope she'll enjoy for many years to come. Her garden has more sun and less congestion from tree roots than my garden. The fact I have shade and lots of tree roots is what I think caused the star magnolia to go into decline when it was in Tiger Gardens. Sometimes you just have to say goodbye in cases like this and pass that plant along. Nonetheless I will be able to still enjoy it when I visit and I know she'll enjoy her heavenly star magnolia while we here in Clarksville can enjoy our very own public star magnolia....
in the garden....
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