Magnolia stellata 'Waterlily'
Common name: 
Waterlily Magnolia
mag-NO-li-a ste-LAH-ta
Native to (or naturalized in) Oregon: 
  • Broadleaf deciduous large, rounded shrub, 10-20 ft (3-6 m) high, similar width, often branching close to the ground, but it can be trained into a small tree.  Flower buds are pinkish and the white flowers, flushed with pink, have double the number of petals (tepals) than does the wild type, fragrant, blooms 1-2 weeks later than typical star magnolias.
  • Hardy to USDA Zone 5  Reportedly three different clones of star magnolia are grown under this name, but the most widely available clone originated from Greenbrier Farms, Norfolk, Virginia prior to 1939 (Treseder, N. Magnolias 1978).  There is also British 'Water Lily' (two words) which lacks any trace of pink in its flowers.
  • Corvallis: east side of parking lot on the east side of Corvallis High School.
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  • plant habit, early spring

    plant habit, early spring

  • opening flower bud

    opening flower bud

  • plant habit, flowering

    plant habit, flowering

  • flower


  • plant habit, fall

    plant habit, fall

  • leaves and buds, fall

    leaves and buds, fall