This has been grown for many years by Peter Cave and is probably Michelia floribunda. Aptly named as it has masses of creamy scented flowers on a rounded tree to 4m in 10 years. New growth is covered with silky bronze hairs like a shiny cinnamon dusting, and the plant is quite hardy with inland climates like Putaruru. We just added a gallery of photographs below taken 22/6/13.

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Raised by Felix Jury, Apollo is a very free flowering hybrid with large reddish purple almost campbellii flowers and sturdy growth. The freeness of flowering means it takes longer to make a big tree as it flowers over a long period in spring, and again in summer. The tree forms a rounded canopy to about 4 m  tall and wide in 10 years.


This is a hard colour to describe other than intriguing. A definite collectors plant with unusual bronze toned outer tepals with also smoky purple, and an unusual rich cream interior. The plant s compact and upright with rich dark green summer foliage. Expect about 4m high x 3m wide in 10 years.

This is one of the best coloured yellow hybrids forming a small to medium sized rounded tree to about 4m in 10 years. It has received mixed reviews overseas with many references saying it takes up to 10 years to settle down to blooming, but this is DEFINIETLY NOT OUR EXPERIENCE. We have had Butterflies flower in the nursery as 2 year old plants, and in most cases you should have flowers in the second year from planting once the twiggy lateral structure has developed.

The delicate bright yellow flowers sit up like little bright butterflies.

This is a fairly conical tree with an upright habit. The warm pink tall flowers are produced from an early age and the tree will reach 5m in 10 years.

This variety was selected at Duncan and Davies in the 1950's or 60's when it layered better than the other forms by setting flower buds on the first year layers. The tree has a rounded canopy with masses of flowers that fill the garden with a spicy sweet perfume. LARGE 1 METRE PLANTS

This is a broadly conical tree with quite horizontal branches that display the rich yellow flowers very well. The flowers come mostly before the foliage in spring. Expect about 4.5m in 10 years.

This yellow hybrid is one of the most reliable yellows in our experience. It flowers freely every year with most of the flowers coming before the leaves. It forms an upright to spreading tree.

This is a free flowering hybrid that will usually set flower buds in the first year from planting. The colour is similar to 'Vulcan' but not as dark, but over the season it tends to produce good coloured flowers more consistently than 'Vulcan'. 'Ian's Red' was raised by Ian Baldick in his garden in Drury, South Auckland.

Selection raised by Felix Jury from a seedling imported to New Zealand.

This is the clone commercialized in New Zealand by Duncan and Davies since the early 1980s and exported under the name 'Lanarth'. There are one or two other seedlings that were raised in NZ but not commercialized, and there are several clones in the UK that have been raised from seedlings of the original 'Lanarth' clone at Lanarth in Cornwall.


This form is distinct from the others and personally, I feel it has the best proportions (tepal width, length and overlap) of all the clones I have seen, including 'Elizabeth Holman', 'Werrington' and an excellent seedling growing at Lanhydrock, Cornwall.


Although classed as a subspecies of M. campbellii, the "Lanarth Group" is possibly worth raising to a species status as it is at the extreme east of the range, and regarding the wild population, this reference was found:


In Rhododendron with Magnolias and Camellias in 1987-8 Peter Wharton wrote about The purple Lanarth magnolia in the wild:


"From my conversation with Dr. Pei, I was able to ascertain that this unique population appears to be still intact, although he did mention that some logging was occurring at lower elevations. There appears to be some slight colour variation in the wild from shades of cyclamen purple and dark lilac purple to light mauve. He also commented that the wild trees had a distinctive upright habit and occurred in small groups amongst open sub-alpine coniferous forest."



This is one of the nest yellow hybrids raised in Belgium and it has well formed cup shaped blooms. The tree has a rounded to slightly conical habit reaching 5m in ten years.

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This Magnolia campbellii clone was identified by Ian Baldick and was found growing in a garden near the Waikato town of Pirongia which is in the eastern shadow of a mountain of the same name.




This clone has almost circular tepals which overlap to give a typical but continuous 'saucer" to the newly opened flowers. This plant was added to the collection in 2008 as a one year old plant that had been budded onto M. x 'Rustica' seedling. It has set at least 3 good flower buds to open in spring 2009. It has been added to our breeding program.


In 1950s Bhutan(?) was the source of seed for campbellis into the UK, seedlings sent out from Hilliers. 'Mt Pirongia' was presumably one from this source. These types are distinguished by their drawn tips to the leaves. They tend to flower at an earlier age and are upright in their growth, suggesting a closer relationship to M. ssp. mollicomata. Duncan and Davies original M. campbellii 'Alba' came as a seedling that was planted at Tupare Gardens. Russell Mathews was annoyed that he had a white instead of pink, V.C. Davies was excited and wanted it back. It was layered and propagated from there, but that clone was not a particularly good form. In later years this inferior form was budded and circulated by Duncan and Davies. It has a very upright habit and as a result it took about 6 or 8 years to flower. I know of other gardeners that were disappointed when their Magnolia campbellii seedlings from this era turned out white.






This is Os Blumhardt's best yellow hybrid raised from M. x brooklynensis hybrid x M. acuminate 'Miss Honeybee'.

The flowers mostly appear before the elegant healthy foliage is produced. Bonus summer flowers are also produced amongst the foliage to add interest, especially when there is summer rain.

This is another Os Blumhardt hybrid that deserves a name. A free flowering hybrid from the second or third year from budding. Large sculpted flowers produced on the bare branches, and healthy foliage comprises of medium sized campbelli type leaves. The tree will reach 4 to 5m in 10 years. The more we see this variety flower, the more it looks like a hybrid of 'Mark Jury' rather than M. campbellii.


This is a Todd Gresham hybrid from the USA and is part of his earlier program using Magnolia x veitchii so it has the delicate pink inherited from M. campbellii in the blooms that are produced generously from an early age. It is a conical to rounded tree growing to about 5m in 10 years.

This is a very recent hybrid from Ian Baldick and acknowledges his wife Shirley's support over the years.

The growth habit is quite upright to slightly spreading tree with delicate pink perfumed flowers that reflect the M. sprengeri diva and M. cylindrical parentage.

This hybrid arose as a rootstock seedling at the Auckland Botanic Gardens and is an interesting combination of the two parent species. Ice white well formed blooms with a deliciously sweet and spicy perfume on a rounded small to medium tree. It flowers so profusely that we had difficulty establishing growth from the first grafts collected. A welcome addition to the range of evergreen magnolias.

This variety was raised by Amos Pickard in Kent, England in the 1960's. The strong textured creamy white blooms are freely produced on this upright to rounded small tree. The growth and blooms themselves strongly suggest a M. denudate or M. x veitchii parentage. Expect about 4 - 5m in 10 years.

This variety has grown in appeal as it developed from one of the earliest plantings at Magnolia Grove. It forms a rounded tree to about 4m in 10 years and flowers over a very long period from spring to early summer.

This is an Australian hybrid between M. doltsopa and M. laevifolia (yunnanensis) that forms a pyramidal tree with horizontal branches that present the perfumed white blooms very well.

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