Magnolia x soulangeana 'Lennei'
liliiflora x denudata
Probably polyploid 2n=114
For a discussion on the ploidy of the soulangeana complex see Treseder 'Magnolias' 1978.
G.Manetti, Monza, Italy, c1845 (see Treseder, p.178)
FCC 1863, (AGM 1969, 2002, removed 2012)
5m by 6m
10 year height/spread: 3m/5m
A spreading multi-stemmed small tree or large shrub of untidy sprawling habit, frequently layering itself.
Upright goblet shaped flowers open from deep red purple buds, the flowers white inside and of
a uniform deep purplish pink externally: mid April.
Foliage: quite variable, but usually large and obovate, sometimes with an acuminate tip.
Recognise by: the large deeply coloured goblet shaped flowers; the rather untidy spreading habit.
There are many incorrectly labeled inferior clones with smaller paler flowers in commerce.
Location: Hindleap, Sussex, 1996
Photo: Mike Robinson