Magnolia sargentiana Rehder & E.H.Wilson

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.

W China

Flowers hanging, opening downwards.

Source: Spencer, R. (1997). Magnoliaceae. In: Spencer, R.. 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. (as Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta)

Distribution map
kingdom Plantae
phylum   Tracheophyta
class    Magnoliopsida
superorder     Magnolianae
order      Magnoliales
family       Magnoliaceae
genus        Magnolia L.