Gold Star Magnolia - Single Stem
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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.
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.
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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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