Plant spacing is based on the ultimate width of the plants. This figure is normally given as a range; for example, 3-5’. If you live in a cold climate and/or want plants to fill in more quickly, plan to space at the shorter end of the range. If you live in a warm climate, are on a limited budget, or are willing to wait longer for plants to touch, use the higher end of the range. Using the larger number is recommended when calculating distance from a building or structure. There’s really no such thing as "maximum spacing": if you don’t want your plants to touch, you can space them as far apart as you’d like. All plant spacing is calculated on center, or in other words, the centers of the plants are spaced one half of their eventual width apart:
Unless you are planting in a straight line, as you might for hedges or edging, space your plants in a staggered or zig-zag pattern for a more interesting and naturalistic look:
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DescriptionBlooming early with delightfully fragrant white blooms, 'Royal Star' magnolia (Magnolia stellata) is sure to become the star of your spring landscape. This large multi-branched shrub (or small tree) is covered in a flurry of flowers that appear before the foliage emerges in spring. Reminiscent of snowfall, the showy display persists throughout the season as the frilly double flowers are replaced with lush, deep green leaves. Plant somewhere with plenty of sunlight and prepare yourself for a truly spectacular display year after year.DetailsBotanical name: Magnolia stellata 'Royal Star' Common name: Magnolia Zone: 4 – 9 Sun exposure: Sun (6+ hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Height x width: 10-15' x 10-12' Flower color: White Foliage color: Green Season of Interest: Spring Uses: Specimen, cut flowers, moonlight gardens How To GrowSoil: Adaptable to soil, prefers moist, well-drained soils. Light: Sun (> 6 hours sun), part sun (4-6 hours sun) Water: Average water needs. Does not like standing water or wet roots. Shows some drought tolerance once established. Spacing: 10-12 ft. Fertilizing: Apply a standard, slow-release fertilizer in early spring. Winterizing: In colder zones, wrapping your plant is recommended, especially for younger plants, to protect it from cold winds. Apply a layer of mulch around the base of your plant to insulate roots. Maintenance & pruning: No pruning is needed; if desired, pruning can be done mid to late summer or early fall.