Magnolia Collection Index (72)

This is a list of the general collection of magnolias at Magnolia Grove which includes species and varieties imported over the last 120 years or so. No magnolias have been imported to New Zealand since 2006 to prevent the importation of Sudden Oak Death and other diseases.

This is a subspecies of Magnolia macrophylla that grows in the cloud forest at high altitude in eastern Mexico. This variety is less hardy than the other 2 subspecies and is a large grower with handsome foliage. It starts to flower at a young age and reasonable size as can be seen from this flower on a 4 year old seedling. The morning sun has given the normally white flower a slight parchment tone.
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'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…
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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 variety was selected by John Wills from Trelinoe, the garden he and his wife Fiona have developed over the last forty years or so. It was originally obtained as a seedling of magnolia campbellii and flowered particularly well with a very impressive white flushed pink bloom.
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. ALSO WE HAVE LARGE PLANTS,…
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…
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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.
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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 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.
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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.
This is a Felix Jury hybrid and probably the most famous of his hybrids from Magnolia 'Mark Jury'. Huge rose pink bowl shaped blooms cover the tree in spring and the tree blooms heavily from a young age, often setting buds in the nursery. It develops into a large rounded tree, and can be pyramidal in the first 6 to 8 years. Expect 5-6m in 10 years.
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This is one of the darkest pink and frilliest flowered of the stellata type magnolias. We only have standard grafted plants this year that are grafted at 50 - 60 cm above the ground, and this allows you to grow hostas and other perennials under the plant and add another layer to a small garden. Jane Platt is also one of the more compact stellatas, reaching 1.5m in 10 years.
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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.
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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…
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.
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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 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…
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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.
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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…
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This is a Japanese species and belongs to the "umbrella magnolia" group of species so named because they hold their foliage in whorls or umbrellas at the end of the new seasons growth. This species requires a reasonable amount of shelter to avoid wind damage to the soft growth. The new growth is slightly bronze and the foliage develops to a mat green with visible veins. The flowers are held above the foliage and emit a delicious fruity perfume that…
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