Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Magnolia stellata
Star magnolia

Tag -
54 deg 35 N
5 deg 56 W

The Magnolia genus is a large and very ancient one with around 225 species divided into sections and sub-sections. Magnolia stellata belongs to the Yulania section along with a number of other species important in horticulture (such as M. campbellii).The species is a native of Japan, growing in moist conditions on stream sides and boggy places at low altitude. It was introduced into the USA in 1860 and into the UK in 1877 or 1878. It grows to 2.5m and is often wide-spreading. Its hardyness, small size and slow growth rate make it a popular choice for small gardens in the UK where it will usually flower at a young age. The dramatic white flowers are produced in early spring before the leaves open. The flower buds are covered in a silky down. In common with all magnolias, the flowers do not have distinct sepals and petals - the many perianth segments are called tepals.

Magnolia stellata has an RHS award of Garden Merit

Magnolia stellata in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Magnolia stellata flowers

Magnolia stellata in Belfast Botanic Gardens Magnolia stellata flowers
Magnolia stellata flower Magnolia stellata flower bud
Flower of Magnolia stellata Flower bud of Magnolia stellata

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2014. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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