*Star magnolia

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*Magnolia stellata
STAR MAGNOLIA

Magnoliaceae
Asia

Location: map coordinates M-26 (northwest side of Jason Library), N 39°11'10'' W 75°32'31''

Planting history: presently unknown.

Description:
  • small deciduous tree
  • etymology: Magnolia after Pierre Magnol (1638-1715), French botanist; stellata = star-like (flowers)
  • leaves large, simple
  • flowers showy, white, numerous; in early springtime, before the leaves. Petals narrower than saucer magnolia
  • fruit cone-shaped, ca 2” long; aggregate (of follicles)
  • seeds bright red, hang on silky threads from the fruit, rich in lipids
  • prefers deep, acidic soil

*Non-native species
(not native to Delaware)
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