MAGNOLIA continued
last updated 30/10/2014

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Peaches 'n Cream'

(M. acuminata 'Fertile Myrtle' x M. sprengeri var. diva) The large, somewhat floppy flowers, with a pleasant fragrance have 9 tepals. They are a delicious orange/red on the outside and creamy white inside. Fastigiate habit.

MAGNOLIA 'Pegasus'
(M. cylindrica x M. denudata ?) Although grown for many years simply as M. cylindrica, it was decided in 1998 that this clone is in fact a hybrid, probably with M. denudata, the leaves of which these resemble in shape. Whatever its origin, the flowers are beautiful, opening in early spring before the leaves; they are pure white with a slight purplish basal suffusion and are followed by dramatic oblong red fruits. It becomes a large shrub or small multi-stemmed tree; initially vase-shaped, but becoming more spreading to develop a crown as broad as it is high, to 3-5m.

MAGNOLIA 'Peter Smithers'
(M. x soulangeana 'Rustica Rubra' x M. x veitchii) A dark rose red flowered Gresham hybrid named in honour of Sir Peter Smithers.

MAGNOLIA 'Phelan Bright'
A Gresham hybrid (probably involving M. x soulangeana and M. x veitchii) of unknown origin. The fragrant clear white flowers can be over 30cm across and  have 12 tepals. The flower shape is similar to the cup-and-saucer shape of Magnolia campbellii flowers. The tree is upright at first, then developing a spreading canopy, and usefully blooms later than most of the Gresham hybrids.

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Pickard's Snow Queen'

MAGNOLIA 'Pink Delight'
(M. x soulangeana 'Alexandrina' x M. ’Galaxy’) The very wide, cup-shade flowers are a delightful lavender rose in colour and deliciously fragrant. The blooming season is reliably extended by several weeks by secondary flower buds. A further asset is the winter cold hardiness of the winter buds. An exciting new addition to our range.

MAGNOLIA 'Pink Surprise'
[(M. liliiflora x M. sprengeri var. diva) x (M. acuminata x M. x soulangeana ‘Picture’)] I suppose it is inevitable as time moves on that the parentage of new Magnolias will become increasingly complex as the best hybrids are themselves hybridised. The “surprise” element of this cultivar is that the flower buds are very tiny (and extremely frost tolerant), yet open to great big flowers, with secondary buds prolonging the bloom period for up to a month. The flowers themselves are gorgeous; bright reddish pink at the base suffusing up through the otherwise baby-pink tepals. Beautifully shaped too.

MAGNOLIA 'Porcelain Dove'
(M. globosa x M. virginiana var. australis) This exciting Gresham hybrid was created in 1965, but not named until 1986. Blooming through the summer, long after the frost risk, the porcelain-white flowers resemble those of M. virginiana, but are larger and distinctly fragrant. Semi-evergreen.

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Princess Margaret' 
(M. campbellii var. alba x M. sargentiana var. robusta) A chance seedling at Caerhays Castle now planted at Windsor. Beautiful subtle colouration of the large flowers is basically rose coloured outside and cream inside.

MAGNOLIA x procteriana 'Slavin's #44'
(M .salicifolia x M. stellata) The white flowers of this selection are smaller than most, but its fragrance stands it apart. The intense scent of aniseed wafts not only from the flowers, but also from the leaves and stems when crushed.

MAGNOLIA 'Purple Globe'
(M. liliiflora 'Nigra' x M. x veitchii) I love the look of this one. Possibly a sister seedling to M. ‘Star Wars’, but certainly exhibiting similar characteristics, the long-lasting flowers are more and are a darker purple, particularly on the outside of the tepals.

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Purple Sensation'
(M. campbellii 'Lanarth' x M. liliiflora 'Nigra') A new introduction from New Zealand, the large cup and saucer blooms are a wonderful glowing orchid purple. It displays many of the elusive characteristics of its campbellii parentage but on a more modest sized tree which flowers earlier in its life and is more tolerant of most normal soils and conditions (but prefers good, fertile soil.) Perfectly winter cold hardy, but vulnerable to damage from late spring frosts when young. 8m.

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