MAGNOLIA continued
last updated 30/10/2014

MAGNOLIA 'Green Bee'
(M. acuminata ssp. subcordata 'Miss Honeybee' x M. ‘ Gold Crown’) Another delightful yellow from Belgian Philippe de Spoelberch (2003). The large flowers appear just before or together with the leaves. Initially they are rather green until the perules shed, but then the flower matures to bright yellow. An upright, pyramidal tree. In fact, it's much more yellow than I was expecting from the name...

MAGNOLIA 'Helen Fogg'
(M. denudata 'Sawada's Cream' x M. x veitchii 'Peter Veitch') The flowers are white with the lower half being clean pink. This is a particularly hardy selection becoming a vigorous, symmetrical tree.  

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Honeybelle'

MAGNOLIA 'Honey Flower'
(M. acuminata ssp. subcordata 'Miss Honeybee' x M. ‘Elizabeth’) This is such a recent selection that there is little documentation to be found. However, the beautiful yellow flower is much more intensely coloured than ‘Elizabeth’ whilst being larger and more perfectly shaped than its other parent. A worthy addition to our burgeoning yellow collection!

MAGNOLIA 'Hot Flash'
(M. 'Elizabeth' x M. x brooklynensis 'Woodsman') This American selection by the renowned breeder August Kehr has large narrow, erect flowers, approx 12cm long. Deep yellow with a purple flush at the base, they are produced freely from an early age. Of ascending habit, it forms a slim, upright deciduous tree to 8m.

A hybrid from M. campbellii var. mollicomata, possibly with M. sprengeri ‘Diva'. The flowers are pink on the outside, with a rich maroon midrib, darkening to almost entirely maroon at the base of the tepals. (It was this rich, voluptuous base that inspired the name ‘Hot Lips'). The inner surfaces are pale pink to white. The leaves are rich green, nearly oval, and can be as large as 23 cm by 23 cm. This has the potential to become a big tree by modern Magnolia standards.

(M. 'Vulcan' x M. soulangeana 'Burgundy') Bred in New Zealand, the large heavily textured flowers (up to 20 cm across) are a rich claret colour which holds well. The blooms are produced from a young age. It forms a small deciduous tree of upright but bushy habit to 5m.

MAGNOLIA 'Iolanthe'
(M. Mark Jury x M. x soulangeana 'Lennei') Deservedly one of the best known of the eight hybrids raised by the late Felix Jury in New Zealand. He began hybridising Magnolias in the early 1960s with the aim of creating campbellii type cultivars which would flower at a younger age and reach a more manageable size than the species. And this he achieved admirably with ‘Iolanthe’. Enormous soft mauve-pink cup and saucer shaped blooms are paler within and can be up to 28cm across. Flowering reliably and prolifically from a young age, it also has a long flowering period as the flowers open sequentially down the stem. Of broad habit, to 5-6m. I was amused to learn that Felix heeled in a number of un-flowered Magnolia hybrids in his veg patch, with the intention of planting them out later. But one plant, the original ‘Iolanthe’ flowered, and made such an impression, that it has remained there ever since. I gather that Felix’s son Mark has finally admitted defeat and after some forty years, has relocated the vegetables…

(M. liliiflora 'Reflorescens' x M. stellata 'Waterlily') The smaller, more "tulip shaped" flowers are red purple outside, white inside. It is the latest flowering of the hybrid group of resilient shrubby magnolias known as 'the girls'.

MAGNOLIA 'J.C.Williams' (= M. 'Caerhays New Purple')
(M. campbellii x M. sargentiana var. robusta) This wonderful hybrid combines the best of, to my mind, the two greatest aristocrats of the Magnolia family. Of strong, upright habit, large bowl shaped flowers of a bright rosy purple are freely produced. 8m.

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Jersey Belle'

MAGNOLIA 'Joe McDaniel'
(M. x soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' x M. x veitchii) Reputedly the darkest purple flower of all the Gresham hybrids; tulip shaped, deep purple buds open into well formed, bowl shaped flowers.

MAGNOLIA 'Joli Pompom'
(M. ‘David Clulow’ x M. sprengeri var. elongata) This unusual Belgian cultivar from 2003 produces elegant white flowers which are noticeable for their tepaloid stamens, giving a semi-double, chrysanthemum-like appearance.


MAGNOLIA 'Just Jean'

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Very hardy small tree from Japan, tolerant of a wide range of soil types. These are seedlings so will take some years to flower. However, they are worth waiting for, the blooms being white and scented, borne freely in April. Plants of the species will be grown from seed, will exhibit seedling variation and could take several years to flower therefore. For more instant gratification, choose one of the named cultivars below, which have all been selected as standing out from the crowd. Why settle for average when you can have something special?

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Esveld Select'
Although classified as a cultivar of M. kobus, it is possible that this is actually a hybrid with M. salicifolia. Whatever its parentage, it is a lovely thing - with delightful purple young leaves adding an extra dimension.

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Janaki Ammal'
If you like your flowers big and blousy, then this is not the one for you! Instead, the white blooms are smaller, with narrow slightly crinkled petals, produced in such a profusion over a long time, enveloping the tree in a snowy embrace. We've found it to be free branching and very tough. Although slow here, it should be vigorous to 6m.

MAGNOLIA kobus 'Octopus'
Originally named M. kobus ‘Edward E Kehr’ after August Kehr’s father. Subsequently the latter was unhappy about that, so the name was changed to ‘Octopus’ since it is an octoploid selection of M. kobus. Thus the gorgeous pure white flowers are much more substantial.

MAGNOLIA kobus pink form
A pretty selection of the species with delightful flowers, delicately flushed with pale pink.

NEW MAGNOLIA kobus 'Rogov'

MAGNOLIA kobus 'White Elegance'
Another delightful elegant tree with white flowers. Obvious really!

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