Large shrub to 6 m or so tall. Leaves obovate, blunt-tipped, about 8-14 cm long, 3-6 cm wide, tapered at base. Flowers before leaves, profuse, with mostly 12 petal-like spoon-shaped segments, white; early spring. Raised by m. Loebner, Dresden, e. Germany pre-1920. [m. kobus var. loebneri (Kache) Spongberg]
Source: (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
Flowers with about 12 oblanceolate petal-like segments mostly 6-7 cm long, exterior pink, interior white, eventually spreading. Long flowering. Raised England by l. Messel of Nymans pre-1950.
Compact with semi-double flowers. Dr Karl Sax, Arnold Arboretum, 1939. Named after Dr e.d. Merrill, former Director of the Arnold Arboretum.
Quick growing tree. Flowers pink flushed. Plants arising from seed of m. stellata 'Rosea' from garden of Capt. Neil McEachern, Lake Como, Italy, 1952.