‘The colour purple’

Magnolia campbellii var. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ – photo: Tikorangi The Jury Garden

Magnolia campbellii var. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ – photo: Tikorangi The Jury Garden

“Magnolia campbellii var. mollicomata ‘Lanarth’ is a variety that belongs in every magnolia collection but, as a single specimen for the home gardener, it is not without its issues”, writes Abbie Jury from Tikorangi The Jury Garden in New Zealand in a news post at the site of the nursery. A week ago she already referred in a previous news post to ‘The Jury magnolia legacy – first published in the RHS Rhododendrons, Camellias and Magnolias 2017 yearbook’ [read more]. About ‘Lanarth’ she says: “Even if you can find one for sale – and it is not easy to propagate and get growing strongly – it is not what is known as a reliable, commercial plant. Its biggest problem is that it only sets flower buds on its branch tips. This means that all of them come out at once, giving a spectacular but brief show and a bad bout of spring weather can cut that display overnight.”
Modern hybrids are according to Jury often selected for the plant’s ability to set flower buds down the stems so they come out in sequence over a longer time. However, this particular Magnolia has a special place in the family history of the Jurys. In her news post, she explains how ‘Lanarth’ became the key to Felix Jury’s best-known success – the colour breakthrough from purple into red tones, first seen in Magnolia ‘Vulcan’. [read the full text of the news post here]