MAGNOLIA continued
last updated 30/10/2014

MAGNOLIA virginiana 
This was the first species of Magnolia to be introduced to cultivation, as long ago as 1688. Generally evergreen, it tends to be smaller growing than most forms of M. grandiflora. The white flowers open in May to June and are deliciously lily-scented. I am thrilled to add this to our collection.

MAGNOLIA virginiana 'Moonglow'  
This exciting selection has been micro-propagated, so will flower from a much younger age than a comparative seedling. Hardy to -33 degrees Fahrenheit, it blooms over a long period in late spring with a delightful citric fragrance.

(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.

NEW MAGNOLIA 'Wedding Vows'

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 
(syn. M. x watsonii) (M. hypoleuca x M. sieboldii) Perhaps the most strongly scented of all Magnolias. It becomes a small tree, the upward facing flowers open in June-July. Rounded white buds open to creamy white flowers with prominent rosy crimson stamens.

MAGNOLIA x wieseneri 'Aashild Kalleberg'
This is a wonderful selection, being more vigorous and inclined to form a symmetrical, single stemmed tree than (certainly our clone of) M. x wieseneri.  Unexpectedly the flowers have 8 to 9 pure white petals, appearing shaped like a tulip on the first day, before opening out like a saucer—25cm across—the next day. Stamens have a deep red colour when pollen is shed, and are very much like those of M. sieboldii. The original plant is now approximately 6m tall at 19 years of age, is very floriferous over a long period of time (flowering particularly heavily in late summer) and very hardy. It is thus described by Olav Kalleberg, its raiser to whom we are indebted for our stock.

(M. 'Ann Rosse' x M. liliiflora) This forms a rather elegant, slender tree. The large red-purple flowers have 9-12 tepals, and open flat before reflexing later.

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 Bird' x 'Patriot'
I have no idea what the flower will look like on this one, but I couldn't resist the offspring of one of my favourite yellow magnolias. Watch this space...(or plant one and see for yourself!)

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. Best of all, like most yellow magnolias, it flowers in May, late enough to avoid the frosts.

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

NEW MAGNOLIA zenii 'Pink Parchment'
M. zenii itself is a rare new species from China introduced in the early 1980’s. This, the first named clone was grown and named by Mike Dirr from Arnold Arboretum seed, to first bloom in 1997. Flowers are about 10cm across, with purple-pink striping on the outside, white on the inside, and very fragrant. Our experience so far is that it makes a wonderfully tidy, symmetrical tree, that is weather resilient and prolific in its flower.

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