In the world of Magnolias, Mark Jury has developed a name as one of the best developers of new plants. Here we are talking about some of the wonderful deciduous cultivars releaes in recent years.
Magnolia 'Felix', Magnolia 'Black Tulip' and Magnolia 'Vulcan' are three new release Magnolias from Mark Jury Magnolias in New Zealand.
All three are deciduous magnolias and all are prolific flowering hybrids. Magnolia 'Felix' has the largest flowers and Magnolia 'Black Tulip' has nice tight long lasting flowers. These three magnolias all make great feature trees.
- Magnolia 'Felix' produces stunning large flowers that have been measured to nearly 14 inches across. The fragrant flowers appear early in spring and Magnolia 'Felix' is a prolific flowering tree.
Growing to 15 - 20ft if left alone, expect Magnolia Felix to grow at 24 inches a year in ideal conditions but usually 12 inches.
Foliage following the flowers is a lighter green than many magnolias but quite large. Named after Felix Jury this is a stunning plant.
- Magnolia 'Black Tulip' is another new introduction, dark red cup shaped flowers that maintains a tighter shape than many magnolias, they look a little like large rounded tulips, hence the name. Eventually this one will reach 12 - 18ft and again Magnolia 'Black Tulip' is a prolific flowering specimen.
- Magnolia 'Vulcan' is another Jury release, a smaller growing tree to 15ft. Large 'port wine' coloured flowers and again a prolific flowering deciduous magnolia well worth a place as a feature tree in the garden.
What about other flowering trees?
You could consider
- Crape Myrtle
- Davidia involuctra