Botanical Name: Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'
Common Name: Centennial Star Magnolia  
Plant photo of: Magnolia stellata 'Centennial'
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Water Saving Tip:

In general, lawns only need to be watered once every three days.

Check your irrigation controller and reduce watering times if necessary.

  • Anatomy

  • Culture

  • Design

Plant Type

Tree, Shrub


Height Range

6-12', 12-25'


Flower Color



Flower Season



Leaf Color



Bark Color



Fruit Color



Fruit Season



Full, Half



High, Extra in Summer


Growth Rate



Soil Type

Clay, Loam


Soil Condition

Average, Rich, Well-drained, Moist


Soil pH



Adverse Factors


Design Styles

Formal, Japanese, Tropical, Woodland


Accenting Features

Fall Color, Fragrance, Showy Flowers, Specimen


Seasonal Interest

Spring, Fall


Location Uses

Background, Entry, Perennial Border, Shrub Border, Foundation, Patio


Special Uses

Cut Flowers, Screen, Small Spaces


Attracts Wildlife


Information by: Stephanie Duer
Photographer: Connon Nursery
  • Description

  • Notes

Centennial magnolia is a small, slow-growing tree or large shrub that reaches 15 to 20 feet tall and about 12 to 15 feet wide. It branches close to the ground and has a dense head of foliage. In late spring, rose-flushed buds open to reveal fragrant blooms with frilly slender petals in crisp white with a hint of pink. Plant in a sheltered area, though not against a south or west-facing wall or fence.
Grow in well-drained, loamy soil in full sun to part shade. Prefers rich, organic soils. Best in a location sheltered from high winds, except avoid protected southern exposures where the buds may be induced to open too early. Not a low-water plant, but with proper siting it will grow with weekly summer watering.