Click on any thumbnails to see a larger picture:
This is a hybrid seedling of M. cylindrica, raised at Trewithen, Cornwall, forming a vigorous, broadly upright small to medium sized tree, bearing large, cup shaped, virtually pure white flowers in spring, opening to 30cm across. These appear white, but have a faint pink blush at the base of the tepals.
From the famed American Magnolia breeder August Kehr, this is a very fine white flowered hybrid derived from open pollination of M. cylindrica. Similar to M. 'Albatross', this makes a vigorous medium sized tree with large white flowers, starting as goblets and opening to 26cm (10 inches) across. A slightly earlier season spring Magnolia.
A superb, exceptionally heavy flowering hybrid from New Zealand, this is a cross between M liliiflora and M. campbellii 'Lanarth', producing large quantities of big, star-shaped flowers in late March and April. The tepals are a dark rose-pink on the outside, showing an intense pinkish-purple as they open out. Makes a small round headed tree.
One from the Jury stable in New Zealand, this makes a vigorous medium sized tree with large M. campbellii-like flowers with thick tepals, white with a pink stain at the base, seen on the bare branches in spring.
Truly huge flowers are borne on this plant from a very early age, sometimes from 3 years old, which makes quite an arresting site. They are of cup and saucer habit, pink on the outside, white within, and can be up to 36cm across, that's one and a quarter feet! Best to plant this medium size tree in some shelter to avoid wind damaged flowers. Full on Flower Power.
Magnolia 'Black Tulip'
A superb and relatively new hybrid from New Zealand, showing very rounded goblet shaped flowers of a most intense port-wine red on the bare branches in spring. This colour is darker and more intense than M. 'Vulcan', which is one of the parents. An compact and upright small tree to about 4m tall, most suitable for small gardens.
Magnolia 'Brixton Belle'
New from New Zealand, one of the hot houses of Magnolia breeding, comes this blowsy pink beauty. Large reddish-pink, M. campbellii shaped flowers, blush-pink within, are heavily set on the branches of specimens just a few years old. So, in essence, an instant M. campbellii. Parentage: (Sweet Simplicity x Black Tulip) x 'Sir Harold Hillier'.
Rarely offered, this is a Cornish selection made by the late Nigel Holman of Chyverton from seedlings arising from open pollinated M. campbellii or M. c. subsp. mollicomata at Caerhays Castle. The flowers are large and the colour is a rich rose-purple along the lines of M. campbellii 'Lanarth' and are seen in March or April.. A medium sized hardy tree.
Magnolia 'Caerhays Belle'
Any one who has seen this growing behind the castle at Caerhays knows its worth. A small to medium sized tree magnolia with sumptuous flowers, composed of broad, overlapping, spoon shaped salmon-pink tepals, borne very densely on the bare branches in spring, reaching 30cm wide and nodding outwards. 20cm long red-pink seed cones in autumn.
Magnolia 'Charles Coates'
An unusual hybrid between M. sieboldii and M. tripetala raised at Kew, forming a small tree with strongly upright stems and broad-spreading branches. Flowers come in May and June after any frost and are heavily scented broad saucers of creamy-white with distinctly red centres and slightly crumpled tepals. Leaves large and pale under. Best in acid soil in semi-shade.
Considered to be one of the finest yellows of all by Magnolia buffs, this was bred in the late 1990's by the late August Kehr, a renowned American magnolia breeder. The colour is particularly rich, even in cool climates such as the UK, and to boot is very lime tolerant and late flowering, avoiding many late frosts. Should make a small tree.
Magnolia 'David Clulow'
Still scarce, but regarded by those in the know as one of the finest of all white flowered magnolias. Large white, 'cup and saucer' flowers, with a faint hint of pink at the base of the tepals, are seen on the bare branches in spring. It flowers when very young and will eventually make a medium sized tree.
Magnolia 'Delia Williams'
Raised at Caerhays Castle, this hybrid between M. campbellii subsp. mollicomata and M. sargentiana var. robusta is highly floriferous. The large, sumptuous sugar pink flowers with paler interiors have the very full form of the second parent but with a touch of the cup and saucer effect from the first. Makes a goodly tree to at least 16m in ideal conditions.
Magnolia 'Felix Jury'
New on the scene, this is one of the latest generation of exceptional hybrids from the Jury stable in New Zealand. Huge, deep purple-pink, open-faced flowers up to 30cms across with broad tepals, on a strongly growing, upright, small to medium sized tree in March or April. Though the flowers are large they are wind tolerant. Truly spectacular.
A fabulous new variety with deliciously dark flowers bred by Vance Hooper in New Zealand. Black-red buds open to rounded 15cm wide goblets of intensely deep red-purple in April, but are seen over many weeks in spring. Flowering starts as early as 1 year after grafting and plants make a compact, upright tree to about 3m in ten years.
Magnolia 'Gold Star'
Quite distinct and very fine, this hybrid has a soft yellow coloured stellata flower type, the first ever to be produced, with flowers on the bare branches in April/May. Growth is strong and healthy producing a broad upright small tree, with the bonus of all new leaves stained purple-red, fading green as they mature. Very hardy and lime-tolerant. A very fine plant.
Magnolia 'Golden Gift'
A highly rated yellow, being very compact and highly floriferous. Masses of buds, both at the tips and down the sides of the shoots, open to 10cm, rich yellow flowers, with a faint green flush at their bases, over a month long period in late spring. Described as a semi-dwarf, this is more of a shrub than a tree, so suitable for smaller gardens.
Thought to be M. sargentiana var. robusta x M. campbellii, this produces an abundance of richly coloured, rose-purple flowers in March, not looking too dissimilar to M. campbellii 'Lanarth' in colour. Makes a medium sized tree.
Magnolia 'Honey Tulip'
The latest creation from the famed Jury stable in New Zealand, this is in essence a creamy yellow coloured version of 'Black Tulip', having the same rounded tulip shaped flowers. The tepals are of thick texture and the colour lasts well, without fading. Flowers are seen on the bare wood in spring rather than with the start of the leaves like some other yellows.
Magnolia 'Ian's red'
An exciting new Magnolia from New Zealand, producing vibrant, deep purple-red flowers of good full form, about 20cm across, Makes a small upright, but well branched tree to about 5m. An Ian Baldick hybrid between M. 'Ruby' and M. 'Vulcan', so you can see where the rich colour comes from.
Click on any thumbnails to see a larger picture: