Daily Flower Candy – Magnolia ‘Apollo’

When it comes to magnolias, rhododendrons and camellias there is nowhere in Britain quite like Cornwall. It’s to our most south-westerly county that many of the great plant hunters sent their discoveries from the forests of India, China, Burma and the Himalayas. The young plants revelled in the damp, mild climate which resembled their mountain homes, slowly growing into mature specimens. The gardens of Heligan, Trengwainton, Trewithen, Trellisick, Caerhays, Carclew and countless others now house peerless collections of these magnificent shrubs and trees, all in their prime during spring.

Magnolia 'Apollo', Cornwall Spring Flower Show, April 2014

At the Cornwall Spring Flower Show, held annually at Boconnoc near Lostwithiel, some of these great gardens continue to showcase the best of their blooms. Caerhays Castle gave visitors a real treat with bountiful displays of MagnoliaApollo’, a hybrid between Magnolia campbellii subsp. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ and Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’. M ‘Apollo’ is a free-flowering tree, up to 4m tall, with large, cyclamen-pink flowers. The energy invested in flowers means it takes longer for M. ‘Apollo’ to develop into a big tree; it flowers over a long period in spring and then again in summer. If that were not enough, the flowers are also delicately scented, making M. ‘Apollo’ a great all-rounder for small gardens as well as great country estates.

Magnolia ‘Apollo’ is available from Burncoose Nurseries (part of the Caerhays Estate) at £55 or £75 depending on the pot size.

Magnolia 'Apollo', Cornwall Spring Flower Show, April 2014

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3 thoughts on “Daily Flower Candy – Magnolia ‘Apollo’

  1. These are some award winning pictures! I’ve never seen this Magnolia here, maybe a bit to sensitive having M. campbelii as a parent; gorgeous, fragrant flowers on a small size tree – great combo!

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      1. In some years not enough, maybe in a sheltered location.There are quite a few hardy cv. with gorgeous flowers on the market, but most people consider Magnolia here as a liability so not worth investing.

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