magnolias…a wonderful spring show

While waiting for most flowering shrubs and perennials to begin their seasonal show, the Royal Star Magnolia (Magnolia stellata ‘Royal Star’), is busy putting on her own show. Royal Star Magnolia. missouri botanical garden

In our Zone 5 gardening location the branches of this beautiful specimen tree are covered in a profusion of white, many-petaled flowers from late April into May.  Preceding the eventual and attractive leaves, the flowers come on with a fragrance worth breathing in deeply.

Available in tree or shrub forms, the Royal Star Magnolia is well suited to a spot in the garden that receives 4 – 6 hours of sun, and will be well situated as a specimen within lawn areas, as a foundation plant, within a shrub border or at the woodland peripheries.

An added bonus for those concerned about not enough pollinators in their gardens…Magnolias are an early season attraction for wild and domestic bees…check out this link bees and Magnolia flowers.