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Magnolia stellata - Star Magnolia

Magnolia stellata can look like a dense cloud of white blossoms atop a trunk. Most years I have a white moment in my garden. It is early in the season when the Clematis armandii and the Plumcot are blooming with the paper white narcissus. I love those plants that produce flowers for me at a time of year when little else will. Late February is one of those times. Even the scent of the Magnolia stellata foliage makes this a joy to trim. Unfortunately Magnolia stellata grows so slowly that this task is too rarely required. The Magnolia stellata petals fall in a carpet of white, so under-planting with a low groundcover can allow this end of the season delight to be enjoyed as well. White is a great color to draw the eye to the farthest reaches of the landscape.

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Magnolia stellata, Star Magnolia