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Magnolia stellata

Magnolia stellata
star magnolia
Buds tinged in pink
Common name star magnolia
Family magnoliaceae
Life cycle tree
Flowers white (April)
Light sun-part shade

First of our garden's trees to bloom - and one of the nicest, too. There's always the fear of a hard freeze nipping the opening flowers in the bud, but most years it comes through just fine. The buds are rosy-tinged, but the blossoms open pure white.

Magnolia stellata
The center of the flower is a wonder to behold close-up
star magnolia
Right after the flower display, the new leaves are quite the sight, too
Magnolia stellata
Late-november bud, just waiting for April to arrive
Magnolia stellata fruit
Developing fruit in mid-August - a cluster of pinkish, swollen scales (not a botanical description by any means!)
Magnolia stellata
Orange fruits in mid-September

We left this plant behind in our Pennsylvania garden (and wish it well); we don't grow it in Houston.

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