MAGNOLIA continued
last updated 30/10/2014

MAGNOLIA 'Felicity'
(M. sprengeri 'Diva' x M. x soulangeana 'Wada's Picture') Bred by Phil Savage in Michigan, it was named after Felicity Peter-Hoblyn, who with husband Jeremy owns Lamellen Gardens in Cornwall. It has a well-shaped conical habit and pretty soft pink large flowers. Although still a relative newcomer, I think this is an absolute beauty which deserves to be more widely planted. Lamellen’s plant has reached approx 6m after 15 years.

MAGNOLIA 'Felix Jury'
(M. ‘Atlas’ x M. ‘Vulcan’) A 1998 selection from New Zealand’s Mark Jury, this fabulous hybrid produces large flowers up to 30cm across. Variably described as “purple-crimson”, “hot pink” and “deep rose-pink”, the colour may be open to interpretation, but the flower quality is definitely not, bringing us the shape and character of M. campbellii with much greater wind and weather tolerance. 

MAGNOLIA 'Fireglow'
(M. cylindrica x M. denudata 'Sawada's Pink') Forms a symmetrical, upright tree with thick leathery leaves. The lovely flowers, consisting of ivory white tepals, with a vivid magenta-pink lower third and stripe to tip, are produced well before the leaves open.

MAGNOLIA 'Flamingo'
(M. acuminata ‘Fertile Myrtle’ x M. sprengeri ‘Diva') The tulip-shaped flowers are a brilliant unfading flamingo pink and are borne slightly before the leaves unfurl. Extremely cold hardy, it forms a densely foliated, very symmetrical, pyramidal tree.

MAGNOLIA 'Fragrant Cloud' 
Correctly called M. 'Dan Xin'. The flower is reminiscent of that of M. x soulangeana 'Lennei', but not as dark. The lovely flowers are deep purple on the outside, but more or less white within. The scent really is superb and completely justifies its Anglicised name. A very close substitute for Magnolia 'Ruby'.

MAGNOLIA 'Frank Gladney' 
Of uncertain origin (M. campbellii x pink Gresham hybrid) this recent American selection has huge cup and saucer shaped flowers which are pink outside and creamy white inside. Fortunately for those of us in less favoured areas, it flowers late than its campbellii parentage might imply.

MAGNOLIA 'Frank's Masterpiece'
(M. x soulangeana 'Deep Purple Dream' x M. 'Paul Cook') What a superb flower! They are over 25cm across and have 8 or 9 tepals of an amazing very deep red purple. Although the leader is distinctly upright, the branches have a semi-weeping habit, making this a wonderfully graceful tree.

(M. liliiflora 'Nigra' x M. sprengeri var. diva) A pyramidal tree to 7m. The strongly fragrant flowers have 12 tepals which are dark reddish purple in bud, becoming lighter as they open. Happily it generally flowers late enough in the spring to avoid the worst of the frosts.

MAGNOLIA 'Gladys Carlson'

MAGNOLIA 'Gold Crown'
(M. x brooklynensis ‘Woodsman’ x M. ‘Sundance’) Yet another yellow-flowered cultivar from August Kehr in North Carolina, USA. This one is richer in colour than ‘Elizabeth’ or ‘Sundance’ with large flowers to 25cm across. Typically of the group, it flowers late in the season and is upright in habit.

MAGNOLIA 'Gold Star' 
(M. acuminata var. subcordata ' Miss Honeybee' x M. stellata 'Rosea') Effectively a yellow flowered stellata, this Magnolia is unique. The flowers truly are yellow whilst their form is stellata like being 10cm across and consisting of 13-15 relatively narrow tepals. The larger than usual, almost furry leaves are attractively flushed with deep red when young, and give rather good autumn colour (an unusual trait in this genus and definitely a bonus). All in all this small bushy tree is an exciting addition to our collection. I should also mention that it is considerably more vigorous than your typical M. stellata selection.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Endeavour'
M. acuminata 'Miss Honeybee' x M. 'Sundance') Heavily textured deep yellow flowers, approx 10cm wide, are freely produced; here in mid May. It forms a rounded, spreading tree with particularly nice foliage.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Gala'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) This excellent David Leach selection is later flowering than its sister seedling M. ‘Golden Sun’. Abundant lemon yellow flowers, with over-lapping tepals, are produced before the leaves.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Gift'
(M. acuminata var. subcordata 'Miss Honeybee' x [M. acuminata x M. denudata]) Named in 1997 by American breeder, the late David Leach, it may be of complicated parentage, but what a wonderful result! It produces a mass of buds which open progressively to give a display for over a month. The rich yellow flowers, flushed green at the base, are over 10cm tall. At little more than 2m in 10 years, this one is small enough for any garden.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Joy'
(M. 'Yellow Bird' x M. x brooklynensis) This superb cultivar from Ian Baldick in New Zealand flowers late in the season, just as the leaves are emerging. The rich golden-yellow flowers are held in an upright manner and are larger than those of M. ‘Yellow Bird’ for example.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Pond'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) The late David Leach introduced a number of yellow flowered cultivars. This one is a fast growing large tree with large flowers. Held upright, they have the narrow tepals typical of many acuminata derivatives but have great colour intensity.

MAGNOLIA 'Golden Sun'
(M. acuminata x M. denudata) The heavily textured, 6-petalled flowers are a deep yellow and open flat to 10cm across. A wonderfully robust and floriferous tree. Typically for this parentage, flowering is late season (mid-May) thus avoiding the frosts. However, this cultivar rarely comes into leaf until after flowering, allowing the glorious golden blooms to be admired in all their splendour.

MAGNOLIA 'Goldfinch'
(M. acuminata ssp. subcordata 'Miss Honeybee' x M. denudata 'Sawada's Cream') A tall, upright growing plant, the light yellow flowers shade darker towards the base. Most flowers will open before the leaves. An excellent, very hardy Phil Savage selection.

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