Magnolia x ‘Stellar Ruby’

(Stellar Ruby Banana Shrub)


Hardiness Zones:

 7a  7b  8a  8b  9a  9b

Quick Overview:

This evergreen Magnolia (formerly known as Michelia) was selected for use as a screening plant in shade or sun. The plant has rapid growth and is very dense even in shade. The cross made by the late Bill Smith crossed Magnolia figo v skinneriana with Magnolia figo v crassipes. The small pink to ruby flowers are highly fragrant, smelling like bananas, and appear in late spring with occasional blooms through the summer. This plant will be patented.


Winter hardy to USDA Zones 8-10 where this magnolia is best grown in evenly moist, fertile, slightly acidic, organically rich, well-drained loams in part shade. Tolerates full sun, but foliage may turn a less attractive yellow green. Also tolerates substantial shade, but plant foliage tends to open up. Site in locations protected from strong winds. In areas near the northern edge of the growing range, avoid locating plants in southern exposures close to houses where the buds may be induced to open too early in spring. Plants appreciate consistent and regular moisture throughout the year, and are generally intolerant of soil extremes (dry or wet). Mulch root zone.  (Courtesy of Missouri Botanical Garden Plant Finder)

Additional information

Common Name

Stellar Ruby Banana Shrub

Botanical Name

Magnolia x 'Stellar Ruby'


7 gallon

Evergreen or Deciduous


Hardiness Zone

7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b

Growth Rate


Light Requirements

Sun to shade


to 10' ? (it's new so time will tell)


10' ?

Soil Condition


Water Needs


Blooming Period

late Spring

Flower Color

dark pink to ruby



Foliage Color


Deer Resistant


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