25 responses to “Magnolia campbellii ‘Borde Hill’”

  1. Stuart

    Daniel, your comment about year-to-year variation in amount of flowering reminds me of the magnolia tree in our back yard. Some years it has very few flowers, and some years it’s a thick mass of pink petals. Any idea why this happens?

  2. ej

    The first photo in particular captures such a lovely gesture.

  3. plantita planton

    ej’s comment made me appreciate the first photo in a whole new way. Both photos are so beautiful. Our magnolias haven’t yet started blooming here in Maryland, but we see their furry buds getting ready.

  4. Ana in Montreal

    Ahh how I miss springs in Vancouver! A few years ago I was an exchange student in landscape architecture at UBC. It was a delight for me to discover all these flowers that seemed to bloom for a much longer period than out here in Montreal. Their size and diversity was astounding! I had a really hard time figuring out all the amazing trees and shrubs I could put in my designs – so much choice considering Montreal’s hardiness zone is around 5b in best conditions and Vancouver up to 8. It was a completely different world for me.

  5. Joanne Bramsen

    WoW! I did not know that the Magnolia came in a
    beautiful color. We have a Formosa Azealea that
    loved the little cold weather we had in this Zone
    11 on the east coast of south Florida. There muust be 100 blooms now. Gorgeous!

  6. Mandy Macdonald

    Ah! That’s made my day! How very beautiful.

  7. George Vaughan

    Daniel, would it be possible to do an item on the Southern US Magnolia (one of my favorites because of the odor it emits) and compare it to this Magnolia? Is there a smell that comes with those beautiful purple flowers? The Southern Magnolia has the most gorgeous large white flowers. And oh that wonderful aroma emanating from them. Thanks for all the pics, and education that you are providing to those of us NOT in the business.

  8. Daniel Mosquin

    Stuart, I don’t know why the phenomenon occurs. I know that last year, due to the cold, most of the magnolia flowering here at the Garden was relatively poor. So, it could have something to do with resource allocation. Or climatic phenomena. Or genetically-enforced cycles. Or…? We’ll need an expert to comment.
    George, we have done some southern magnolias before on BPotD, but they are summer bloomers so we’ll have to wait until later in the year. Fortunately, the Garden has more of these plants these days growing in our recently-developed Carolinian Forest. As for the scent on ‘Borde Hill’ — none of these blossoms are reachable by me to smell. These photographs were taken with a fairly long lens. I do wish someone would invent smell-o-photos.

  9. Betty(VA)

    ooooohhhhh, aaaaahhhhhhhhh – SPRING!

  10. Megan

    Beautiful photos as usual 🙂
    Stuart, year-to-year variation in flowering is probably related to a number of reasons. One reason that has been proved in several studies is that the magnitude of flowering in one season is dependent on the fruiting success of the previous reproductive season, which would be related to Daniel’s suggestion of resource allocation. No idea if that would apply to Magnolias though!

  11. onlyheaven

    This photo is so unearthly gorgeous that my jaw dropped (LITERALLY) 😀 Daniel, once again, thank you for bringing beauty to our lives with these photos!!! I’m still in awe of this photo. Highly envious of you and your team, and especially anyone who has a daily view of this beauty!

  12. Robert Frost

    This is a perfect selection for a March day! I love it. There are about 50 or so Saucer Magnolias (Magnolia X soulangiana) in bloom at my nursery. This species is new to me but I really like the color, as the variety we have here in Dallas, TX is almost a burgundy color. Ours are very heavily bloomed this spring, and they were preceded by the heaviest snow in 25 years. For at least the last 20 years, they have been really sparce in blooms due to late frosts, so who knows. Anyhow, thanks for the very March posting.

  13. Donald DeLano

    Smell-o-photo’s would be quite interesting, especially with Stapelias and Arums, just imagine the looks on viewers faces!!! Lovely photo, by the way. A brief question as to quality/quantity of bloom, how are the yellow varieties doing this year? And thanks for the wonderful daily joy.

  14. elizabeth a airhart

    its just spring
    put a wreath on your head
    and enjoy enjoy enjoy

  15. Daniel Mosquin

    Donald, I don’t believe we have any yellow-flowered cultivars in the garden — but I’ll ask (I think I would have noticed by now, but maybe there are some young trees). I haven’t noted any in the local streetscapes either, though I know that they are produced by one of the local nurseries.

  16. phillip

    …ha..Magnolia campbellii subsp….i thought it said …
    Magnolia Campbells soup….he..he..

  17. Janey Pugh

    What divine colour. It is a most beautiful specimen!

  18. anaster

    I loved the softest suggestion of blue in the sepal (do I have the correct word?). And the hint of green down one ribbing. It made a lovely contrast with the magenta of the petal.

  19. tom | tall clover farm

    This is a sign for me to take action. I’ve lovingly attended to my Magnolia “Vulcan” for three years in its cramped pot. Today I will release it from its confines and plant it in the garden so blossoms such as these can greet me in seasons to come. Ah, what took me so long?

  20. Mary Ann, in Toronto

    These are gorgeous flowers, and a wonderful colour in this photo.
    I love all of the magnolias, especially the “saucer magnolias”, with their pink-cream flowers. It seems like some sort of special dispensation or favour from nature, that these trees will grow and bloom here in Toronto. Not until some time in May, though.

  21. Doby Green

    The light may be reflecting the strong petal color onto the sepals. Naturally artistic to see the colors in more than one place in the picture. The off and on number of blossoms would be related to light periods and water amounts. This winter in Ohio has been practically non-stop snow and clouds that did not let light through to much of anything, here in northeast Ohio.

  22. Sheila

    Fabulous colour. Stunning pic. Many thanks Daniel.
    By the way, Trewithen is an amazing garden in Cornwall UK. full of many wonderful trees and shrubs, especially famous as a spring garden. It is in a very sheltered valley, and the magnolias there always flower earlier than the rest of Britain. I was reading recently that they have sadly had to fell mature trees due to sudden oak death.

  23. Michale

    Daniel,
    What a stellar stunner! Wish I was there to check it out. Oh, our Magnolia zenii is now in bloom — this is a great year for her. So far, this warm spell has not been shattered by cold temps. It’ll happen, but this nice window of warmth is great. I can’t remember, do you guys have this species? It was a 1980 SABE plant. Will get you budwood or cuttings if you want it.
    All the best!
    Michael

  24. Lyn Felkin

    I just want to know if magnolias and lotuses are related species….but I don’t seem to be able to get an answer!! Is there anyone reading this who can answer my qustion?!

  25. Eric in SF

    Lyn, they are not closely related. Lotus is in the Nelumboaceae in the Proteales order and Magnolia are in the Magnoliaceae in the Magnoliales order.

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