Scientific Name: Magnolia stellata
The magnolia is named after Pierre Magnol, a French botanist from the 17th century who was the first to publish on plant family classification. The “star” part of the star magnolia refers to the star-shaped flowers that present in late winter. These flowers a hermaphroditic– they have both male and female reproductive parts. They are pollinated by beetles, but not bees because they lack nectar. Young leaves were cooked as a famine food in Japan when there were no other options available.
DBH: 1.8 inches