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.


'Deryk' is named in honour of Deryk Lawrence who, along with his wife Nancy, developed a garden over a period of 20 years at Otamarakau, south of Te Puke. As the garden developed, wild magnolia seedlings came up and Deryk quietly took them aside and lined them out to see how they flowered. The first he named after his wife Nancy, and subsequent seedlings were named after their grand daughters Anya, Kaira, Rebecca and Roslind. These selections all represent a significant addition to the range of named magnolia hybrids, even though their parentage is not accurately known.

This is a hybrid raised at Magnolia Grove as part of the first range of hybrids derived from 'Genie'. 'Deryk' is an unusually dark hybrid showing clearly the influence from the 'Genie' parent. It is a rich glowing velvet red and in some lights the colour becomes almost brick red.

One of the first features of the variety to catch our attention is that it sets flowers on all the tips, this means it will tend to be slower growing.


This amazing species from Thailand forms an upright tree with a central leader and spreading branches that puts on a display of these amazing flowers in late spring and summer. It is evergreen, but will drop a lot of foliage in strong winds. The foliage is large and dark green, similar to an elongated Magnolia grandiflora leaf.

We don't know how hardy it is yet, but it will take one or two degrees of frost.



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Magnolia 'Genie' is a breakthrough in magnolia breeding. It is important to name plants carefully to stir the imagination. When naming plants it is important to capture some essence of the plant, and "Genie' came about from the magical qualities "She" possesses. The question soon came up: "Has she granted 3 wishes?" If you consider the qualities of the plant she has: A GOOD GARDEN PLANT: it has healthy foliage, doesn't grow too large. CONSISTENT COLOUR: it flowers for about ten weeks through spring and again in summer with a consistent red colour. A GOOD BREEDER: M. x 'Genie' shows the potential to upgrade any hybrid cross that was originally done with M. liliiflora 'Nigra'.

'Genie' has gone on to form the foundation of 90% of the breeding work at Magnolia Grove.

In 2011 'Genie' won first prize at the International Plant trade Fair at Essen, Germany. This gave Magnolia Grove a strong step onto the world stage of magnolia breeders.

So far 'Genie' has proved hardy to -24*C in Hungary. There is nowhere in New Zealand that we can test this since any region that gets that cold here will kill magnolias in summer. 

This variety was raised by Ian Baldick at Drury in South Auckland. It forms an upright to spreading tree with incredibly luminous red-purple blooms with a pale and usually pure white interior. The cup and saucer form displays this colour contrast in a very elegant manner.

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.

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 was raised in the first forest of seedlings planted at Magnolia Grove.  The foliage on 'Mighty Mouse' is also to scale with mature leaves being only 5 to 6cm long. We have a clump of 3 plants in the collection and they are about 1m tall after 6 years from grafting.


This variety is a Genie hybrid with similar red coloured flowers in perfect miniature. The foliage, flowers and growth rate are all perfect miniature. These standard grafts are ideal for under planting with miniature hostas and will form a bush about 1m across in 10 years. The standards are grafted at about 50 -60 cms.

This variety was raised at Duncan and Davies by Vance Hooper about 1993. The elegant red flowers have a white interior with a purplish mark at the base. The perfume is quite strong and pleasantly distinctive.

This is a large bush or small tree bred by Ian Baldick. I has a compact habit and flowers freely from a young age in spring and summer. The flowers are almost goblet shaped and red-purple. Expect 2.5 to 3m 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)