This variety was raised at Duncan and Davies and a hybrid of 'Burgundy' x 'Vulcan' and it forms a rounded bush or small tree to 4m in 10 years. The growth is sturdy and spreading upward, with medium to large reddish purple flowers that are white within.

Raised by Vance Hooper at Duncan and Davies and named about 1995.

Special features:

A compact free flowering hybrid that originally flowered 2 years from seed. Upright sturdy growth on a bush that likes to clump from the base. Dark, healthy foliage that offsets the numerous summer flowers. Spring flowers are a rich reddish violet, a very difficult colour to reproduce.

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.


('Sayonara' x 'Vulcan')

A hybrid raised at the Auckland Botanic Gardens by Stuart Robertson about 2000, and named about 2007.

Special features:

A reasonably strong growing rounded tree that presents its flowers well and in abundance. This tree will get big with age. 

The rich colour of 'Vulcan' comes through in this hybrid, and the flowers hold their colour well throughout the flowering season.


Cameo is a sister seedling to Cleopatra and is the latest release from the Magnolia Grove breeding program. A stunning bloom with a sculpted form like a cameo broach. Reddish purple exterior with clean white flushed red-purple interior. Cameo has exceptional flower power, second only to Genie for freeness of flowering. The high rate of flower production both in spring and summer keeps the plant as a small tree with a compact habit.

'Cleopatra' has a very similar colour to her great grandfather 'Lanarth'. An attractive crystaline red-purple that almost has a metalic sheen. The growth habit is an upright small tree with a columnar to pyramidal habit. 'Cleopatra' will produce summer flowers, particularly where summer rains are common.In January 2013 'Cleopatra' won first prize for the best new tree at the International Plant Trade Fair in Essen, Germany. This recognises the special qualities of 'Cleopatra' and helps put Magnolia Grove on the world map of magnolia breeders.

Of interest for Northern Hemisphere growers, 'Cleopatra' is showing good resistance to mildew.


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."



Ian Baldick raised this hybrid and named it after his garden in South Auckland. An incredibly vibrant red purple produced on an upright to spreading vigorous tree.

This hybrid bred by Ian Baldick was raised from the English classic variety 'Lanarth' and is a very good substitute for this variety. It has a similar upright habit and will begin to flower at about 3 or 4 years from planting with luscious purple flowers. Expect 4.5m in 10 years.

A small upright tree of slender habit with cup shaped blooms of strong rose-purple. Early to mid season flowering. Bred in New Zealand by Mr Peter Cave. One of the best "purple" magnolias. Deciduous. Height estimated at 4 metres in 10 years (width 1.5 metres)