MAGNOLIA...
last updated 19/03/2022


Magnolia 'San Jose'

Magnolia 'Sandy Carlson'

Magnolia 'Sara Koe'
(M. 'Galaxy' x M. campbellii subsp. mollicomata)

Magnolia virginiana 'Satellite'

Magnolia 'Sayonara' 
(M. liliiflora x M. x veitchii) A robust Gresham hybrid with large white globular flowers having the faintest hint of purple at the base. Bushy upright habit. Height 4m.

Magnolia stellata 'Scented Silver'
This delightful American selection was raised in 1973, but not distributed until 1990, so is still very scarce. A seedling of M. stellata ‘Green Star’, the flowers are completely white, with a delicate citric fragrance. Although some sources describe this cultivar as being compact, in our experience it is quite the opposite. It has good vigour and grows strongly once established, developing an architectural open habit.

Magnolia acuminata 'Seiju'

Magnolia 'Sentinel'

Magnolia 'Serene' 
(M. liliiflora x M. 'Mark Jury') This is the latest flwoering Jury hybrid, producing large pink rose bowl-shaped flowers, being darkest on the outside and shading delicately paler into their centre. Like most of Felix Jury’s hybrids, it is very free-flowering from a young age. It is strong growing, developing an upright, pyramidal shape to 5-6m.

Magnolia stellata 'Shi banchi Rosea'
Although this is the name it was introduced under, it is an invalid name according to modern nomenclature rules. Regardless of that, it is a beautiful cultivar. It rather resembles 'Chrysanthemumiflora', but the double pink flowers are darker and the plant has more vigour. 

Magnolia 'Shiraz'    
(M. denudata x M. 'Vulcan') The name conjures up images of the colour of this new selection! And indeed, it does have large rich burgundy red tulip shaped blooms which open out flat when mature to really show off that wonderful intense colour. 6m.
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia campbellii 'Sidbury'
(M. campbellii x M. campbellii var. mollicomata)
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Siddharta'
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia sieboldii

Magnolia sieboldii x ashei

Magnolia sieboldii x tripetala

Magnolia sieboldii x virginiana

Magnolia sieboldii ssp. sinensis 'Grandiflora'

Magnolia 'Simple Pleasures'

Magnolia 'Sir Harold Hillier'
The aristocrat of all our Magnolias - if you have the space and the foresight to plant for your children, then this is the Magnolia for you. This selected white form of the classic early flowering species is truly beautiful in favoured locations.
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia x procteriana 'Slavin's #44'

Magnolia x procteriana 'Slavin's Snowy'

Magnolia 'Snow Goose'
(M. x veitchii x M. x soulangeana) Pure white globular flowers with tiniest flush of pink, right at the base.

Magnolia 'Snowblood'
(M. sprengeri 'Eric Savill x M. pseudokobus (EB13) #01)

Magnolia x loebneri 'Snowdrift'

Magnolia 'Solar Flair'
(M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Gold Star’) Dating from the late 1990’s, this American culitvar produces heavily textured flowers of a rich yellow, late in the season. Its growth rate is fast, and the habit upright.

Magnolia 'Sonia Dobner'

Magnolia 'Spring Rite'
(M. x soulangeana ‘Lennei Alba’ x M. x veitchii) A classic Gresham hybrid from 1962. The effect is of white flowers (25-30cm across) though they are stained with rose-pink at the base. The rich fragrance is a definite bonus.

Magnolia x loebneri 'Spring Snow'

Magnolia x loebneri 'Starbright'

Magnolia 'Star Wars' 
(M. campbelllii x M. liliiflora) This one is (possibly) my favourite Magnolia! The outside of the flower is pink, but somehow a different pink to all the others - more apricot pink than purple - and creamy white within. The flowers are more star-shaped than most and last for about a month. Although large, they do not give the "blowzy" feel of some. It branches freely to make a broad headed small tree. 4m. We have found it to be a more reliable flowerer for us than its campbellii parentage led us to suspect. Starting mid season, it flowers for a long period.

Magnolia 'Star Wars' x 'Blood Moon'
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Stellar Acclaim'
A M. acuminata hybrid of unknown parentage, the delightfully fragrant pale yellow flowers are flushed with at their base. Reminiscent of M. stellata in form, they open up very flat along the branches to 20cm across. Not overly vigorous, it will eventually make a small spreading tree of 6m, with very dark green foliage. 

Magnolia 'String of Pearls'

Magnolia 'Summer Solstice' 
This hybrid between a pink flowered form of M. globosa and M. hypoleuca from the garden of eminent magnolia man Maurice Foster is highly rated. The lovely pinky white flowers are produced late enough to avoid most frosts. Potentially a large tree given time.
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Sun Ray'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata

Magnolia 'Sunburst'
(M. 'Woodsman' x M. 'Gold Star')  flowers. Narrow buds open into upright, narrow, very deep canary yellow flowers as much as 13cm tall. The beautiful foliage is heavy textured and quilted, with wavy margins. A vigorous tree of upright habit to 10m.

Magnolia 'Sundance'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) Large yellow flowers (20cm across) produced in late April - early May escape most of the frosts. A vigorous, hardy form.

Magnolia 'Sunsation'
(M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Elizabeth’) Undoubtedly one of the best yellow magnolias to date, this August Kehr selection flowers very late in the season, producing an abundance of deep yellow flowers, highlighted by a conspicuous blob of pink floating in the centre of each one. Vigorous and somewhat upright in habit.

Magnolia 'Sunset Swirl'

Magnolia 'Sunspire'
(M. x brooklynensis 'Woodsman' x M. 'Elizabeth')

Magnolia 'Suntown'
(M. acuminata x [M. acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x M. x soulangeana ‘Picture’]) Intense yellow flowers.
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Susan'

Magnolia 'Susannah van Veen'
Thought to be a hybrid between M. sargentiana and M. sprengeri ‘Diva’, it is easiest described as being similar to ‘Caerhays Belle’, only darker. Thus, the large flowers are a brilliant rose-red and lack purple shading. 
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia x loebneri 'Swansong'

Magnolia x wieseneri 'Swede Made'

Magnolia 'Swedish Star'
see M. 'Lemon Star'

Magnolia 'Sweet Merlot'
(M. ‘Sweet Simplicity’ x M. ‘Black Tulip’) A recent hybrid producing rich pinkish red flowers; although not large by the standards of some magnolias, they are freely produced, a fabulous colour and a very neat and tidy, almost globular, shape. I’m told that this cultivar lasts particularly well as a cut flower.

Magnolia 'Sweet Valentine'
(M. ‘Sweet Simplicity’ x M. ‘Black Tulip’) Wonderful rich burgundy red globular flowers are paler within. Compact habit and smaller stature.

Magnolia 'Sweetheart'
(M. sprengeri ‘Diva’ x M. sargentiana var. robusta) The broadly petalled flowers are a deep rich pink, outside and a pale pink inside.

Magnolia 'Sybille'
(M. × soulangeana ‘White Giant’ × M. ‘Leda’) Some of the best hybrids in recent times have been bred by Philippe de Spoelberch in Belgium and this is another. The original cross was made in the year 2000, but it was some 10 years later that it was named and introduced. The white flowers have 9 tepals and are huge, potentially measuring some 30cm across when open. 
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Thomas Messel'
(M. sprengeri var. elongata x M. campbellii)
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Thousand Butterflies'
(M. denudata x M. x veitchii) The lovely, smallish ivory white firm textured flowers suffused with soft rose pink at the base are an upright, tulip shape.

Magnolia 'Todd's Forty Niner'
(M. ‘Rouged Alabaster’ x M. ‘Royal Crown’) This 49th cross from Todd Gresham, made in 1964 between two of his hybrids, was not selected until after his death and was not named until 1986. The flowers have 12 tepals and are dark purple in bud opening lighter. The red-purple outer 4 tepals reflex at maturity, to emphasize the 8 erect inner tepals, the insides of which are translucent white.

Magnolia sprengeri 'Top Drawer'
(South slope of Qinling Mts, at Caiziping, S Shaanxi, 1790 m alt) White flowers with faint, light pink markings on the lower outside of the tepals.

Magnolia 'Tranquility'
A hybrid of unknown parentage from M. acuminata, the broad petalled, pale golden flowers are delicately blushed with rose at the base and flatten as they open, to approximately 20cm wide. The foliage is wavy and cupped upward whilst the growth habit is rounded. Expect 5-6m.

Magnolia 'Ultimate Yellow'

Magnolia 'Vairano'

Magnolia dawsoniana 'Valley Splendour'

Magnolia salicifolia 'van Veen'

Magnolia 'Venus'
(M. 'Black Tulip' x M. 'Pickard's Ruby')
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia 'Vulcan'(M. campbellii mollicomata 'Lanarth' x M. liliiflora hybrid) One of the late Felix Jury’s aims was to increase the colour intensity of his campbellii hybrids. This he achieved with great pride with ‘Vulcan’. When first released, it was declared as the finest Jury hybrid to date, with heavy textured, rounded blooms of the most amazing ruby red. Unfortunately it hasn’t truly lived up to expectations in the northern hemisphere, where the colour intensity seen under the New Zealand climate rarely quite develops. Although it flowers from a very young age, the full richness of the colour will improve as the plant matures and is seen to best effect where summers are warm, even if winter temperatures are low. A smaller grower than the other Jury hybrids, perhaps to 4-5m.

Magnolia 'Wada's Memory' 
A hybrid from M. x kewensis, I love the grace of this tree. Eventually a broad headed large tree producing masses of very fragrant, white flowers in April. The petals are narrower than those of most of our other Magnolias.

Magnolia stellata 'Water Lily'
Unfortunately there is an element of confusion surrounding this one. The typical American clone ('Waterlily') has pink flowers whilst the clone prevalent in Europe ('Water Lily') has white. This is the latter. A vigorous cultivar, this cultivar develops a distinctive horizontal branch structure, which is almost layered. The petals have great substance, making this a robust but beautiful choice.

Magnolia 'Wedding Vows'

Magnolia 'Werrington'

Magnolia kobus 'White Elegance'

Magnolia sieboldii 'White Flounces'

Magnolia 'White Mistery'
(M. denudata x M. veitchii)
Available from autumn 2022

Magnolia x loebneri 'White Rose'

Magnolia x loebneri 'White Stardust'

Magnolia x loebneri 'Wildcat'

Magnolia x wieseneri 'William Watson'

Magnolia x loebneri 'Willowwood'

Magnolia wilsonii

Magnolia 'Windsor Beauty'

Magnolia x loebneri 'Wisley Star'

Magnolia stellata 'Wisley Stardust'

Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Woodsman'

Magnolia 'Yellow Bird'
(M. acuminata x M. x brooklynensis 'Eva Maria') A delightful yellow hybrid, which compared to Yellow Fever produces smaller flowers but of a darker yellow. The blooms open at about the same time as the leaves, and last for two or three weeks.

Magnolia 'Yellow Fever' 
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) The yellows are always popular - this more recent American hybrid blooms late enough to avoid most frost damage. The fragrant flowers may be up to 20cm across. The deep yellow flower buds fade to creamy yellow as they open.

Magnolia 'Yellow Garland' 
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) This Leach hybrid from 1985 is a deeper yellow than M. 'Elizabeth', though the elegant flower shape is maintained.

Magnolia 'Yellow Lantern'
(M. acuminata ssp. subcordata ‘Miss Honeybee’ x M. x soulangeana 'Big Pink') Huge lemon-yellow flowers maintain their tulip-like shape, lasting a particularly long time.

Magnolia 'Yellow River' 
Originally imported from China under the name 'Fei Huang', this sensational magnolia has been given the anglicised marketing name ‘Yellow River’. Definitely derived from M. denudata, its exact parentage is uncertain, though there is talk of it being a hybrid from M. acuminata ssp. subcordata. Whatever the case, it’s a beauty. The large (to 15cm) flowers open from deep golden-yellow to a perfect shade of mid-yellow and are blessed with rich fruity fragrance. 

Magnolia 'Yellow Sea'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) Another wonderful yellow-flowered selection, this time from Ferris Miller of the Cholipo Arboretum in Korea.

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