Magnolia stellata, or star magnolia, is native to Japan. It is a small deciduous tree that grows 15-20’ tall with a spreading, rounded crown. It is also often grown as a large oval to rounded shrub. It is noted for its compact size and late winter to early spring bloom of star-shaped white flowers. Each flower typically has 12-18 narrow strap-like tepals. ‘Waterlily’ grows to a somewhat compact 8-12' tall over the first 10 years. It produces very fragrant, star-like, white flowers that cover the tree with bloom in early spring (March-early April). Flowers emerge from pink buds.