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 '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.

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.


This is a fairly conical tree with an upright habit. The warm pink tall flowers are produced from an early age and the tree will reach 5m 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 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 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.

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 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 is another Os Blumhardt hybrid that deserves a name. A free flowering hybrid from the second or third year from budding. Large sculpted flowers produced on the bare branches, and healthy foliage comprises of medium sized campbelli type leaves. The tree will reach 4 to 5m in 10 years. The more we see this variety flower, the more it looks like a hybrid of 'Mark Jury' rather than M. campbellii.


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 a Todd Gresham hybrid from the USA and is part of his earlier program using Magnolia x veitchii so it has the delicate pink inherited from M. campbellii in the blooms that are produced generously from an early age. It is a conical to rounded tree growing to about 5m in 10 years.

This is a very recent hybrid from Ian Baldick and acknowledges his wife Shirley's support over the years.

The growth habit is quite upright to slightly spreading tree with delicate pink perfumed flowers that reflect the M. sprengeri diva and M. cylindrical parentage.

Magnolia Stellar Gem had a limited release in 2017 through selected independant garden centres. It is an interesting improvement on Starwars with a compact upright habit and a free flowering habit for both spring and summer blooming.

This is another good pink coloured stellata variety with very full flowers with many tepals. It is probably the most vigourous stellata variety so you can expect 2.5m in 10 years.

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 one of the best, clearest pinks available and has very little purple undertone. This was also raised by Amos Pickard in Kent, England, and is strongly reminiscent of the Todd Gresham hybrids derived from M. x veitchii. It also resembles M. San Jose very strongly in habit and flower form, but is a much clearer pink colour. It is a medium to large tree and will reach 5 to 6m in 10 years. It flowers very heavily from the first year.

This is another Os Blumhardt hybrid of M. x veitchii x M. denudata that brings out the best of both parents. Originally named for the appearance of "a thousand" butterflies perched along the branches. The growth is upright to spreading with the plant settling to flower the second or third year from grafting (the next year from planting).

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.

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