Star Magnolia

Strolling thru the JC Raulston Arboretum last Monday… I was drawn in by the warmth (70 plus degrees) — fragrance permeating the air.

As a gardener I find myself looking down more often than up, but my eyes scanned the Carolina Blue Sky in search of the source of the wafting vapor of scent.


Magnolia stellata or Star Magnolia. A small tree 10-15 ft tall and 10-12 ft wide – a lovely addition to a small landscape or winter border – hardy zones 4-8.

But today it was all eyes skyward!

DSC01820The swelling buds of Magnolia stellata “Waterfall” — resembling fuzzy pussy toes – so delightful!

The softest blued pinks of the delicate unfurled petals — charming.


The thick buds of ‘Scented Silver’  were starting to burst forward– it’s sweet scent luring me closer.


By Wednesday all the buds had opened.

Yet with cold winds blowing in, I knew I was lucky to have captured the show… as they say “Here to day, gone tomorrow.”

Enjoy – living the  EntwinedLife

Jayme B

NC Certified Environmental Educator

Garden Conservancy Regional Representative

JC Raulston Arboretum Volunteer

7 thoughts on “Star Magnolia

  1. Frances says:

    Beautiful. So glad to see all the little signs of spring right now. Noticed the Bradford Pear beginning to bloom today. Hurry, hurry, spring!

  2. pbmgarden says:

    Glad you caught these flowers at their best. So lovely.

  3. Of Gardens says:

    I debate every year if I should plant a star magnolia. What is stopping me is my across the street neighbor and next door neighbor both have star magnolias and they are so close I sometimes pretend they are mine,and so save the planting area in my garden for other trees that are not in the neighborhood. The scent is all inclusive for the brief time the star magnolia is in bloom and I am always captivated by it.

  4. Of Gardens says:

    Beautiful photograph…really highlights the blossom

  5. entwinedlife says:

    I think you’ve made the right choice!
    Plant another specimen to extend the neighborhood season!

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