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This is a hybrid seedling of M. cylindrica, raised at Trewithen, Cornwall, forming a vigorous, broadly upright small to medium sized tree, bearing large, cup shaped, virtually pure white flowers in spring, opening to 30cm across. These appear white, but have a faint pink blush at the base of the tepals.
From the famed American Magnolia breeder August Kehr, this is a very fine white flowered hybrid derived from open pollination of M. cylindrica. Similar to M. 'Albatross', this makes a vigorous medium sized tree with large white flowers, starting as goblets and opening to 26cm (10 inches) across. A slightly earlier season spring Magnolia.
A superb, exceptionally heavy flowering hybrid from New Zealand, this is a cross between M liliiflora and M. campbellii 'Lanarth', producing large quantities of big, star-shaped flowers in late March and April. The tepals are a dark rose-pink on the outside, showing an intense pinkish-purple as they open out. Makes a small round headed tree.
One from the Jury stable in New Zealand, this makes a vigorous medium sized tree with large M. campbellii-like flowers with thick tepals, white with a pink stain at the base, seen on the bare branches in spring.
Truly huge flowers are borne on this plant from a very early age, sometimes from 3 years old, which makes quite an arresting site. They are of cup and saucer habit, pink on the outside, white within, and can be up to 36cm across, that's one and a quarter feet! Best to plant this medium size tree in some shelter to avoid wind damaged flowers. Full on Flower Power.
Magnolia 'Black Tulip'
A superb and relatively new hybrid from New Zealand, showing very rounded goblet shaped flowers of a most intense port-wine red on the bare branches in spring. This colour is darker and more intense than M. 'Vulcan', which is one of the parents. An compact and upright small tree to about 4m tall, most suitable for small gardens.
Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle'
Any one who has seen this growing behind the castle at Caerhays knows its worth. A small to medium sized tree magnolia with sumptuous flowers, composed of broad, overlapping, spoon shaped salmon-pink tepals, borne very densely on the bare branches in spring, reaching 30cm wide and nodding outwards. 20cm long red-pink seed cones in autumn.
Magnolia 'Caerhays Surprise'
A hybrid of M. campbellii subsp. mollicomata and M. liliiflora 'Nigra', this makes a small tree with flowers about 20-25cm across, composed of 9-12 narrow tepals, soft lilac-pink with deeper red-purple undersides. They are seen on the bare branches over a long season, from the end of March until May. A fine hybrid, raised at Caerhays Castle in 1960.
Considered to be one of the finest yellows of all by Magnolia buffs, this was bred in the late 1990's by the late August Kehr, a renowned American magnolia breeder. The colour is particularly rich, even in cool climates such as the UK, and to boot it is late flowering, avoiding many late frosts. Should make a small tree.
Magnolia 'David Clulow'
Still scarce, but regarded by those in the know as one of the finest of all white flowered magnolias. Large white, 'cup and saucer' flowers, with a faint hint of pink at the base of the tepals, are seen on the bare branches in spring. It flowers when very young and will eventually make a medium sized tree.
A fabulous new variety with deliciously dark flowers bred by Vance Hooper in New Zealand. Black-red buds open to rounded 15cm wide goblets of intensely deep red-purple in April, but are seen over many weeks in spring. Flowering starts as early as 1 year after grafting and plants make a compact, upright tree to about 3m in ten years.
Magnolia 'Ghislaine' (new)
A new (2011) hybrid from the renowned Magnolia collection at Arboretum Wespelaar, Belgium. Large pale lavender-pink flowers have a lovely droopy quality when open and cover the bare branches of this strong growing tree Magnolia in March/April. Leaves are persistent till Dec. Very floriferous. Parentage: M. 'Galaxy x 'Purple Breeze'.
One of the very fine Jury hybrids from New Zealand. Huge soft pink, thick textured flowers up to 25cm across borne in abundance in mid-March, even on plants just 5 years old. Another feature is the huge hairy flower buds. Eventually a broad spreading small tree, best on reasonably good soil.
Magnolia 'J.C. Williams'
A Cornish hybrid between M. sargentiana var. robusta and M. sprengeri 'Diva', this makes a full, medium sized, very hardy tree bearing an abundance of particularly arresting vivid lilac-purple-red flowers in spring, very similar in colour to M. campbellii 'Lanarth'. The original tree in full flower is a sight for sore eyes, absolutely smothered in bloom.
Magnolia 'John Congreve'
A hybrid from the magnificent Mount Congreve estate in S.E. Ireland. A cross between M. sprengeri and M. sargentiana robusta, this fine tree was selected for its cyclamen-purple flowers that share more genes with the sprengeri parent and therefore flower later, helping to escape frosts, but also tip slightly outwards, showing their faces, like sargentiana.
A highly regarded new-ish yellow hybrid, thought of as an improvement on M. 'Elizabeth'. Upright tulip-shaped flowers are a clear primrose-yellow and are seen over a four to five week period from mid-April in southern England, not fading as 'Elizabeth' does. This is a hardy small tree, suitable for limey soils.
Magnolia 'Manchu Fan'
A highly floriferous and highly regarded Gresham hybrid, bearing tulip-shaped white flowers in great profusion on the bare branches in mid spring. Flowers have a merest hint of pink at the base, but are effectively white. Makes a small tree that flowers from a very early age; most often in a pot on the nursery.
Magnolia 'March til Frost'
A new break in Magnolia breeding, this one bears a continuous production of rich purple-pink flowers with pale interiors throughout the entire growing season, followed by upright red-tinged seed cones in autumn. Makes a hardy large shrub to small tree for any good soil.
Magnolia 'Olivia' (new)
A sister seedling of 'Daphne', this has slightly larger rich yellow flowers on a more upright crown. Avoids late frost by being one of the last in spring to flower. One of the finest of yellow flowering cultivars.
Magnolia 'Sir Harold Hillier'
A hybrid of unknown parentage which bears exceptional, pure white flowers of cup and saucer shape and substantial size, up to 30cm across, in mid-spring. It is thought one of the parents is M. campbellii var. alba, for obvious reasons, though how big this cultivar will get is unknown as yet. According to Graham Rankin a 'magnificent magnolia'. Most rare.
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