Magnolia zenii 'Pink Parchment'
Flowers: about 10cm across, with purple-pink striping on the outside, white on the inside, and very fragrant.
Early February, making it one the earliest blooming magnolias.
M. zenii itself is a rare new species from China introduced in the early 1980s. This is the first named clone that has been grown and named by Mike Dirr from Arnold Arboretum seed. It first bloomed in 1997.
Experience so far is that it makes a very tidy, symmetrical tree, that is weather resilient and prolific in its flower.
Location: West Dorset
Photo: Roger Newton