Heralding spring, Magnolias, are a deciduous shrub and tree. It will illuminate your borders with a multitude of fragrant, strap-petaled, starry, flowers from March to April. Also called star magnolia, it is ideal for small to medium gardens. No matter how large or small the variety, magnolias should be sheltered from strong winds. To flower well, they must receive at least half a day's sunshine. They prosper in well-drained, acid, neautral, or alkaline soil. Dig in plenty of organic matter well ahead of planting for best results. Plant in March - April or June-September. Be sure to prune in May and June.