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 this year the Chamaecyparis ‘Sungold’ was eating the peonies and they all needed new homes.