Saunders wrote “Really fine big white. Plant has great vigor. Flowers much crinkled”. 1926 “magnificent, the flowers are about as fine as t.p.’s. 30-32” tall. The flowers held grandly above the foliage without any tying.”

This is one of his best big whites coming out of crosses with macrophylla.


Cultivar: Seraphim
Year: 1929
Seedling No: 1676. Pages 59, 60 & 74 of Saunders’ Notebook I
Parentage: 4: lactiflora 463 X macrophylla


Flower: Color: white
Form: single, 2 rows (10 petals), somewhat crinkled
Blooms: Week 2
Carpels: 3-5, light green, woolly
Stigmas: bright dark pink
Disc: obscure
Stamens: filaments red at base, shading to yellow, prolific pollen
Plant: Habit: rounded bush
Foliage color: olive green
Foliage form: large leaves, entire (not lobed)
Height: 30-32″ (reported); 23″ in 2022


Recommendation: Recommended
Availability: Several specialty nurseries