The Royal Star is a member of the Magnolia stellata family. The star magnolias are the smallest of all the magnolia species and can be grown as either a shrub or a small tree.
Flower buds are pink, but double flowers are white with 25 to 30 petals. It is a deciduous plant that can grow as an evergreen in warmer areas. The plant grows to a height of 15 to 20 feet and a width of 10 to 15 feet.
Royal Star magnolia trees are hardy in Zones 4 to 9. The best soil for a Royal Star magnolia is moist and organic, but it can even grow in heavy clay soil.
Plant in an area that will protect the magnolia from winds and frost or else the flowers may be discolored, as the buds open before the leaves appear.
The Royal Star magnolia can be planted in a small yard. Plant alone as a specimen or in a grouping with other trees and shrubs.
Heavy ice and snow can damage a Royal Star magnolia. An insect known as a magnolia scale can weaken the plant.