MAGNOLIA continued
last updated 30/10/2014

(M. acuminata ssp. subcordata. 'Miss Honeybee' x M. 'Gold Crown') Bred in the late 1990s by the esteemed magnolia hybridiser A. Kehr raised and named (2000) by Philippe de Spoelberch, this is arguably one of the best yellow flowered magnolias to date. Late flowering, as all this group, thus avoiding the worst of the frost.

MAGNOLIA 'Darrell Dean'
(M. x soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' x M. x veitchii) Gresham hybrid with huge, outward facing blooms, up to 30cm across in an opulent shade of wine-red. Vigorous, forming a rounded small tree. Usefully late flowering (within the spring period).

NEW MAGNOLIA 'David Clulow'
(M. x soulangeana 'Lennei Alba' x M. x veitchii) Excellent large white bowl shaped flowers which are produced from an early age. Vigorous upright branched habit to 6m. Selected in the States and introduced to this country in 1985, it is considered by some to be one of the best white Magnolias in cultivation.

MAGNOLIA dawsoniana 'Barbara Cook'
This exceptional pink selection was selected in California in 1967, though not registered until 1993, when it was named in honour of the registrar’s wife. Much broader petals give the flowers a greater fullness.

MAGNOLIA dawsoniana 'Valley Splendour'
A splendid selection from the Savill Gardens.

MAGNOLIA 'Daybreak'
(M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. 'Tina Durio’) Intensely fragrant rose pink flowers late in the season escape most of the frosts.

MAGNOLIA 'Deborah'
(M. ‘First Flush’ x M. campbellii) Ian Baldick has become one of the most respected magnolia breeders in New Zealand and this recent selection is another beauty. The flowers display the cup and saucer form typical of M. campbellii, being predominantly white but with a red base.

NEW MAGNOLIA denudata 'Gere'
This beautiful white flowered selection flowers 2-3 weeks later than either typical M. denudata or M. x soulangeana, thus avoiding the worst of the frosts. It was first noticed as a mature (70 year old) tree in an Illinois churchyard, and given the name to be found on the nearest tombstone.

NEW MAGNOLIA denudata 'Ghost Ship'
Flowering late in the season, thus avoiding the worst of the frosts, this selection has large white flowers, handsome foliage and an upright growth habit.

MAGNOLIA 'Early Rose'
(M. campbellii x M. liliiflora) The gorgeous rose-pink flowers are shaped very much like those of M. campbellii, but these have the advantage of being produced on young plants.

MAGNOLIA 'Elegance'
(M. sprengeri ‘Diva’ x M. stellata ‘Waterlily’) This Phil Savage hybrid produces gorgeous pure pink multi-tepalled flowers – very much intermediate between its parents.

MAGNOLIA 'Elisa Odenwald'
A Gresham hybrid whose exact parentage is not known. However, it has an upright, flaring growth habit. The creamy white flowers are pure white inside, with a touch of pink purple at the base on the outside of the three inner tepals. 

MAGNOLIA 'Elizabeth' 
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) A lovely Magnolia from the Brooklyn Botanical Garden. The cross was made in 1956, but it was not selected until 1977. The yellow flowers with their red stamens are produced from an early age and make it a winner in any garden.

MAGNOLIA 'Emma Cook'
(M. denudata x M. stellata 'Waterlily') From the same cross as 'Pristine' this is a delightful selection by Dr. Frank Galyon. It forms an elegant small tree (courtesy of the denudata parent) being upright initially before later becoming more spreading and rounded. The elegant white flowers are subtly flushed with pale lavender-pink on the outside. Reputedly one of the most fragrant magnolias.

(M. kobus ‘Norman Gould’ x M. x soulangeana ‘Lennei’) An interesting combination, resulting in large cup-shaped (to 15cm across) white flowers with just a hint of lilac. However, the particular attraction of this cultivar is its floral hardiness; with blooms having withstood at least six degrees of frost.

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