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Centennial Blush Magnolia

Magnolia stellata 'Centennial Blush'

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Centennial Blush Magnolia (Magnolia stellata 'Centennial Blush') at Seoane's Garden Center

Centennial Blush Magnolia flowers

Centennial Blush Magnolia flowers

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Height:  15 feet

Spread:  15 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Star Magnolia


An ideal accent tree for smaller areas; features extremely fragrant star-shaped shell pink and white flowers in early spring with numerous petals; upright and multi-stemmed; very hardy, although flowers are occasionally lost to late spring frosts

Ornamental Features

Centennial Blush Magnolia is clothed in stunning fragrant shell pink star-shaped flowers with white overtones and yellow eyes at the ends of the branches in early spring before the leaves. It has green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow and in fall. The fruits are showy pink pods displayed in early fall.

Landscape Attributes

Centennial Blush Magnolia is a dense multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Centennial Blush Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

Centennial Blush Magnolia will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 80 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided, and will benefit from being planted in a relatively sheltered location. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features