The pink star magnolia (Magnolia stellata rosea) is the earliest blooming of the Magnolias; it was introduced to the West in the 1860’s. The ‘Rosea’ cultivar has pink flower buds which fade to white at maturity. Sometimes the flower color pink persists.
Common name: Pink Star Magnolia
Scientific Name (family and order): Magnolia stellata (Sieb. & Zucc.) Maxim. ‘Rosea’ (Magnoliaceae, Magnoliales)
Species Origin: Mountains of Nagoya, Japan; introduced to the West in 1862.
New Jersey Status: USDA Unreported.
Habit: 10 -20’ tall;
Habitat: Zones 4 – 8.
Trunk/Stem: Bark silver gray;
Leaves: Deciduous, Simple, Alternate. 2 – 4” long. Young leaf and autumn colors bronze. Leaves obovate and narrow. The upper blade surface is dark green and the undersurface is paler.
Flowers: Perfect. Showy fragrant flowers with narrow white to pink blushed petals resembling a star-burst in shape with up to 20 petal-like tepals. The tepals are rounded at the tip.
Fruits and seeds: Like other magnolias the fruit is an aggregate of follicles, 2” long, twisted and usually with only a few fertile carpels