This is a hybrid with wonderful perfume. It is difficult to propagate but we have managed to do it after years of experimentation.

It a native plant of Java and is grown throughout South East Asia so it is a little tender and can only tolerate a few degrees of frost. It can be grown successfully in a container where it will flower more profusely as long as it is given fertiliser and water on a regular basis.

Once you smell the delicious perfume you will never forget it. Reputedly to be the base for the perfume "Joy".


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Brixton Salmon flowered 4 years from seed and is a hybrid of 'Genie' x 'Sir Harold Hillier'.We didn't propagate it for a few years due to its strong growing habit, but as it was an unusual rich salmon colour and flowered profusely we have done a few. Be prepared for a large growing tree, but also be rewarded with many flowers over a long season in spring, as well as summer flowers.

This is a magnificent tree from Caerhay's Castle in Cornwall. Imported by Peter Cave, this is one of the forms collected from the wild. It has a distinctive coarse textured bark, different to most other magnolias. Beautiful sculpted flowers like porcelain are produced after about 4 years. Foliage is quite hairy on the undersides for M. campbellii.

The habit is quite broad as the upright branches arch outward with age and new shoots come up from the branches to raise the canopy height. 6m in 10 years.


'Cook Splendour' was raised from a seedling at Pukeiti Rhododendron Trust as part of the original plantings, with a number of seedlings planted around the gardens. These seedlings were imported from Hilliers Nursery about 1951 by Douglas Cook when he was planting at Eastwood Hill. He donated a range of Magnolia campbelli seedlings to Pukeiti and these were planted around the gardens.

The original plant of 'Cook Splendour' is growing in the area of the gardens called the Cook Block. Special features: This is the nearest to true M. campbellii we have in NZ since the "Quaker Mason" form is more allied to M. campbellii ssp. mollicomata, or M. x 'Charles Raffill'. 'Cook Splendour began to flower at 25 years of age from seed, but as a grafted plant it will flower 3 to 5 years from planting.

This is a Todd Gresham hybrid with elegant white cup and saucer blooms produced after about 3 years due to the campbellii parentage. An upright then broadly conical tree to about 5m in 10 years.


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.

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.



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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 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.

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 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 will move around the garden a good distance.

The tree grows upright and spreads with age forming a plant 5m or so tall and 3m wide in 10 years.

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This is a big grower with the original plant at Caerhay's Castle being 38 years from seed and 50 feet tall and wide in 1991. It was then named after the head gardener at the time. Peter Cave imported it to New Zealand and propagated some plants. It is another hybrid between M. campbellii and M. sargentiana var. robusta. The flower is described as reddish purple outside and pink within. In New Zealand we expect it to get to 6m in 10 years, and flower at about 5 or 6 years of age.

This is a sister seedling to 'Cook Splendour' and was also grown at Pukeiti Gardens, Taranaki. A large tree with the largest flowers of any of this series of Magnolia campbelli seedlings at Pukeiti. The frlowers from a distance give the impression of white or palest pink, but up close they are a cool pink with a hint of purple.

It is a strong growing tree and in a sheltered spot you can expect 6 to 8m of growth in 10 years.

This is another Ian Baldick hybrid and is named for Tikitere Rhododendron and Magnolia Gardens at Rotorua. It is a strong growing rounded tree, with many blooms produced from the first year. Large leaves, thick stems and wind hardy flowers make this an all round robust plant. 5-6m in 10 years.

This tree was raised at Chyverton in Cornwall and named after Treve Holman who developed and planted most of Chyverton. Imported by Peter Cave, it is thought to be a hybrid between M. campbellii and M. sargentiana var. robusta. Historically it was M. sargentiana var. robusta that was the easiest plant to set seed at Caerhay's Castle so there were many seedlings and hybrids planted in the gardens of southern England. 

It is a large growing tree but well worth the wait if you have the space. We estimate it will flower after about 5 years from planting. Expect 6m in 10 years.