Magnolias Plant Directory

loebneri Leonard Messel AGM

Magnolia x loebneri 'Leonard Messel'
stellata x kobus
Diploid 2n=38
J.Comber, Nymans about 1950
AM 1955, FCC 1969, AGM (1993, 2002) 2012
Initially bushy but becomes a small upright tree to 6m by 4m.
10 year height/spread: 3.5m/2.5m
The flowers are up to 13cm across, and resemble those of M.stellata
except in colour. They are
usually a striking pale but rich purplish pink. The colour is much paler after cold winters, and deeper
in warmer climates or short winters
Early April.
Foliage: almost indistinguishable from M.stellata.
Recognise by: the flower shape and colour; the tree like growth habit and the small stellata like leaves.
Very hardy and easy to grow. Extremely floriferous and flowers young. The flowers are
quite frost resistant. The smallest of the loebneris probably as it was raised from seed of M.stellata.
Very suitable for small gardens.
Voted the most popular magnolia in a recent Magnolia Society survey.

Location: Chyverton, 1985
Photo: Ken Lowes
Other Photographs

Location: Kew Arboretum
Photo: Stephen Lyus

Location: Lanhydrock, Cornwall
Photo: Stephen Lyus

Location: Uppsala Botanical Garden, Sweden
Photo: Kristian Theqvist