Magnolia Grandiflora leaves at Hindleap June and October 2004

Clockwise from top left

Kay Parris and DD Blanchard are two cultivars recently introduced from the USA. Their reputation is based on the quality of the foliage rather than on exceptional flowers.

The difference between them and the three cultivars more common in the UK is more marked on the previous years leaves shown in the June photograph than on the current year’s leaves shown in the October photograph, the indumentum being more persistent on the new cultivars. DD Blanchard looks especially desirable and unusual.

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