Magnolia Flower

 I grow quite a few magnolias and would say that the flowers of this plant, “named for the flower it resembles” (APS registration) are less magnolia-like than those of ‘Garden Peace’ because of its large boss of stamens! Silvia Saunders referred to this as having a “big heart”.

It is a truly breath-taking beauty and the best of the few cultivars coming out of this cross. ‘Magnolia Flower’ is the plant on the left in the lower photo which was taken a few years ago. As you may have guessed by now, we also grow quite a few conifers but experienced gardeners can see where this scene is going! By 2020 the Chamaecyparis ‘Sungold’ was eating the peonies and they all needed new homes.

Cultivar: Magnolia Flower
Year: 1949
Seedling No: 8388. Page 191 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 13: lactiflora 837 X wittmanniana (P. daurica ssp. wittmanniana – Hong)
Flower: Color: white with some mauve streaks
Form: single, two rows of petals, outer petals often notched
Blooms: Week 5
Carpels: 3, light (almost white)
Stigmas: dark red, purplish tone
Disc: dark pink, slightly visible
Stamens: filaments yellow, large number of stamens
Plant: Habit: upright rounded bush
Foliage color: medium green
Foliage form: fairly narrow
Height: 27″ in 2022 (2 years after moving so could be taller)
Recommendation: Highly recommended
Availability: Few specialty nurseries