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.
|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|
|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)|
|Availability:||Few specialty nurseries|