Accepted name: Magnolia sargentiana
This variety flowers before the species (which is relatively rare in cultivation). Upright multistemmed shrub or tree. Branches thin and flexible. Leaves mostly 15-20 cm long, broad, sometimes notched at the tip, mostly widest above the centre. Flowers before the leaves, exceptionally large (sometimes to 30 cm wide), pendent; early spring.
Flowers hanging, opening downwards.
Source: (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: . Horticultural Flora of South-eastern Australia. Volume 2. Flowering plants. Dicotyledons. Part 1. The identification of garden and cultivated plants. University of New South Wales Press.
(m. sargentiana var. robusta × m. sprengeri var. diva) Tall growing but soon flowering. Flowers prolific, sweetly scented, segments 12, broad, spoon-shaped, salmon pink and with wavy edges. Anthers with carmine tips. Raised by the head gardener at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall, uk in 1951.
(m. sargentiana var. robusta × m. campbellii) Flowers extremely large with good form and vibrant purple colouring on both surfaces of segments. Upright plant flowering after 4 years. ComÃÂÂmemorating the gardener of Caerhays Castle.