Magnolia x soulangeana 'Genie'
Bred by Vance Hooper, New Plymouth, New Zealand.
Flowers: black-red buds open to small globular tulip-shaped blooms, containing 6 to 12 tepals 50-70mm long, of firm textured and neat form. Rich deep maroon-purple, on both surfaces, with reflexed tepal tips paling to a lighter magenta rose shade; lightly perfumed.
Early spring to early summer, and mid to late summer where conditions are not too dry.
Foliage: Small, rich dark green, showing some resistance to Magnolia Leaf Spot.
Height: 3-4 metres in 10 years.
This hybrid is the result of 15 years breeding in a line of M. x soulangeana
and M. lilliflora 'Nigra'.
It first flowered 2 years from seed with 6 flowers, producing over 100 flowers the following spring.
The high proportion of M. lilliflora Nigra genes mean the red colour is very stable compared to some other red magnolias on the market.
Location: Caerhays Castle 2009
Photo: Stephen Lyus
Photo: John Marston