This is one of the most versatile of magnolias, and certainly the best for small gardens. It is a hardy and compact deciduous shrub which grows slowly butwhen young, producing masses of pure white, scented blossom reliably every spring. The , which appear on bare branches, are quite unlike those of the cup-shaped magnolias, and have many ribbonlike petals, so that the bush really does look starry in its season.
Magnolia stellata grows to about 12 feet (3.6 m), looking dramatic as a specimen shrub in a lawn, but it could also take its place among other shrubs, or by the house. To add to its other virtues, it is lime-tolerant, though it wants good soil, and on chalk soils should be dressed with peat. There is a pinkish variety called ‘Rosea’ but I prefer the purity of the white-flowered species. Some blue bulbs round about would be good companions; I suggest blue(A blanda or A. nemorosa ‘Robinsoniana’, a blue form of wood ) or grape , but in some gardens these last too freely and become a troublesome weed.