NZ Raised Magnolia Collection (38)

This page lists magnolia varieties raised in New Zealand either by naming hand pollinated seedlings, chance seedlings, or seedlings imported to New Zealand in the 1950's and 60's.

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.
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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.
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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.
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('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.
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Magnolia 'Aurora' was raised by Os Blumhardt of Whangarei and is probably his best hybrid. It is a cross between 'Starwars' and M. sargentiana var robusta. It forms a columnar tree with an upright habit and settles down to flower in the second or third year from planting. One thing we have noticed at Magnolia Grove is that 'Aurora' will flower like clockwork every year while other varieties seem affected by the weather and flower later and earlier some years.
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(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.
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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…
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.
NEW RELEASE FOR 2013. 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.
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'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…
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'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.…
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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.
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 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 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 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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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…
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