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.

Magnolia ashei is classed as a subspecies of Magnolia macrophylla. This is probably the best garden plant of the species as it is the smallest grower. The foliage is generally healthier looking than ssp macrophylla. It occurs naturally in a limited range in northern Florida, where it lives in  canyons and reaches out for the light from among pines and other species.It starts flowering from a young age, sometimes as a 2 year old seedling in the nursery. The flowers are generally a little smaller than the other subspecies and the dark "eye" at the centre can be variable from dark to almost non-existent. As the flowers mature and release their pollen, the stamens are released and almost appear to be able to drop into receptive flowers below that are distinctly funnel shaped at the tip. The tepals also curve over the centre of the flower to give the stamens partial protection from rain. In the autumn the fertilized flowers develop into bright seed ''cones".

(M. soulangeana 'Amabilis' x M. cylindrica)

'Billowing Cloud' was raised from open pollinated seed at Duncan and Davies by Vance Hooper.

Special features: 'Billowing Cloud' develops a rounded habit to about 3m in 10 years. It is very free flowering and the flowers have the distinctive perfume of M. cylindrica.

Brixton Belle (Sweet Simplicity x Black Tulip) x 'Sir Harold Hillier'

This is our flagship variety and one of the ultimate hybrids from Magnolia Grove.This is an exciting new hybrid born and bred in the district of Brixton, North Taranaki, New Zealand. Finally we have an instant Magnolia campbelli that often sets flowers in the first year from grafting. This variety is ideal if you have to downsize your garden when moving, and can't wait for Magnolia campbellii or 'Charles Raffill' to take 6 or 8 years to flower. The original mother plant supported 67 flower buds at 5 years from seed and  in the 3rd year of flowering.



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.

'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.


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 bred and named by Ian Baldick of Drury in south Auckland. It is named after a garden in Kent, England. The soft pink blooms have a delicate fragrance and are produced from the second or third year after planting. It makes a small to medium tree to about 4m in 10 years.

This is a selection of the species M. acuminate subspecies subcordata from Japan. It makes a compact pyramidal small tree and one of the best clear yellows available in New Zealand.


This variety was raised about 1996 by Vance Hooper at Duncan and Davies and named after his mother. It is a cross between M. liliflora 'Nigra' and M. mollicomata 'Bernie Hollard' and it combines the best of both parents being free flowering and with a compact habit. The warm rose pink flowers are all held upright and are a bright colour. This brightness has made 'Margaret Helen' very popular in the northern hemisphere where lower light intensities need bright colours to make a statement.

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.

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)

This species has white pendulous flowers with a pink boss of stamens. The plants tend to branch from the base forming an upright spreading small tree. Later in summer the pendulous seedpods turn bright red and are quite a feature. Autumn foliage turns yellow before falling.

This is an elegant plant with an elegant flower. A small tree with an upright habit that eventually forms a teardrop shaped tree with a conical habit. This variety is ideal for a small garden and will grow to about 3m in 10 years.

Just a few big plants left.

This is another good pink coloured stellata variety with very full flowers with many tepals. It is probably the most vigourous stellata variety so we have grafted them at 1m to 1.2m tall and this makes a beautiful little tree in no time. We have one in the garden that has grown to 3.5m in 10 years, but in quite a sheltered place.

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This is a Japanese hybrid derived from M. stellata and M. denudata. The flowers are intermediate in tepal size and held more upright than M. stellata. The blooms are lightly fragrant and the plant is compact and bushy, more upright than stellata and reaching about 3.5m in 10 years.

This variety was raised by Ian Baldick of Drury, South Auckland and is an exceptional addition to any collection. The flower is very similar to the sprengeri  'Diva' parent, but blooms appear at the end of the seaon on bare branches when most other magnolias are past their best. It will reach 4m tall by 2.5m wide in 10 years.

This is a stronger growing stellata type due to it's mixed parentage with Magnolia kobus. Well formed white fully double flowers with narrow tepals make this a very attractive large bush or small tree. It will reach 3m tall by 2m wide in about ten years.

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This attractive species is similar to M. sieboldii in general terms, but the foliage is slightly more hairy and the pendulous flowers have rich purplish red stamens. The plant forms a small tree spreading upwards from the base, and is best planted in a slightly raised position to view the flowers more easily. It prefers a rich cool soil, but needs about half a day full sun to set flowers well. Will reach about 3m hight x 2m wide in 10 years.


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This is one of the larger flowered yellow hybrids with a slightest hint of pink in the base of the flowers. We are impressed with this hybrid as it flowers mostly before the leaves with good sized blooms. It is performing well for us although it got a difficult site based on poor ratings we had seen for it. A rounded small tree to 3.5m in 10 years.

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