Gold Star Magnolia - Single Stem Leaf
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Gold Star Magnolia - Single Stem Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Sun
  • Bloom Time: Early - Mid Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
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Gold Star Magnolia - Single Stem

Magnolia 'Gold Star'

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Gold Star Magnolia is a delightful medium-sized flowering tree that will usher in the spring season in your garden with its pale yellow blossoms. Before the leaves begin to unfurl, the fragrant, creamy yellow blooms will be perched on the branches, ready to celebrate the arrival of lengthening days and warmer weather. You’ll want to plant this ornamental tree outside your window, so you can view its progress every day. Show it off in the front yard, and the whole neighborhood will enjoy it, too! When the floral extravaganza is over, the foliage will add a new element of drama—the leaves emerge with a showy bronzy cast, which is an unusual bonus for a Magnolia Tree.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 5-9
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Sun
  • Bloom Time: Early - Mid Spring
  • Deer Resistant: Yes
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

The late plant breeder, Phil Savage, had a passion for Magnolias, and he filled his yard in Bloomfield, Michigan with Magnolia Trees that he had hybridized himself. He’s best remembered for creating the popular Butterflies Magnolia, but Gold Star was another of his treasures. To produce it, he started with ‘Miss Honeybee’ Magnolia, a selection of the yellow-flowering American “Cucumber Tree” Magnolia (named for its long green fruits) and crossed it with a pale pink-flowering form of the Japanese Star Magnolia. Gold Star was one of the seedlings that resulted from this pairing. Because of the young plant’s beautiful bronzy new foliage, it originally went by the name of ‘Bronze Leaf Baby Shoes’ Magnolia.

The Details

Many Magnolias can be grown either as large, multi-stemmed shrubs or as more traditional single-trunked trees. Our growers have chosen to train Gold Star Magnolia from a young age to take the form of an upright-pyramidal, single-stemmed tree. Its branching habit is naturally dense and symmetrical, and Gold Star will get taller, fuller, and more impressive with each passing year.

How to Grow

Gold Star Magnolia is an undemanding tree that isn’t difficult to grow provided a few conditions are met. It needs to be in all-day sun or light shade, and a well-drained but moisture-retentive soil is essential. At Bower & Branch we recommend that all trees be planted two inches above grade, and with Magnolias, planting a bit high is especially important, because these trees can’t abide constantly “wet feet.” A generous layer of bark or wood chip mulch will moderate soil temperatures and help keep soil moisture at levels optimal for good growth. Gold Star blooms later than the Star Magnolias and its blossoms usually avoid late freezes, though they aren’t completely immune to them.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 5
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 9
Exposure Full Sun - Part Sun
Avg Mature Height 15-25'
Avg Mature Width 15-20'
Growth Rate Medium
Leaf Color Bronze-Red, Medium Green
Flower Color Creamy Yellow
Flower Time Early - Mid Spring
Fruit Color N/A
Fruit Time N/A
Foliage Color Bronze-Red, Medium Green
Bloom Time Early - Mid Spring
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds No
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant Yes
Drought Tolerant No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' Tall. Grown in our #15 tree container. This tree is a showstopper from the minute its planted. This is grown intentionally as a tree form single stem.

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Gold Star Magnolia - Single Stem Leaf