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Magnolia Cook Splendour

'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.


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