“Magnificent Magnolias!”

If you missed our peak magnolia bloom, you can extend their beauty virtually here enjoying several wonderful photos of a few of my personal favorites.  Many thanks to both Niall Dunne – Arboretum Foundation Communications Manager and Bulletin editor, Ray Larson – UW Botanic Gardens Interim Director and Skylar Lin – PSGO aerial photographer for sharing their extraordinary photos capturing these magnificent magnolias in bloom!

1)   Magnolia  ‘Caerhays Belle’

Aerial view of Magnolia 'Carhaeys Belle'
Skylar Lin
Magnolia  ‘Caerhays Belle’

Close-up photo of Magnolia 'Carhaeys Belle'
Niall Dunne
Close-up photo of Magnolia ‘Caerhays Belle’
  • Developed at Caerhays Castle, Cornwall, England from a cross between M. sargentiana v. robusta (featured below) and M. ‘Diva’ found in our Camellia Collection.
  • Simply outstanding, this is one of our earliest saucer-type magnolia hybrids to bloom.
  • Our one tree is located at the entrance to our Puget Sound Rhododendron Hybrid Garden, grid 27-1W.


2)   Magnolia campbellii                                                               Campbell’s Magnolia

Photo of Campbell's Magnolia
Niall Dunne
Magnolia campbellii
  • Catch a glimpse of this Himalayan magnolia’s flowers looking south from the north side of Rhododendron Glen’s “horse-shoe” bend, grid 12-5E.
  • Stunning dark pink tepals are easy to miss unless you look up when underneath its canopy.






3)   Magnolia  ‘Mark Jury’

Photo of Magnolia ’Mark Jury’
David Zuckerman
Magnolia  ‘Mark Jury’
  • This somewhat hidden and shaded Magnolia hybrid is named after New Zealand plantsman and magnolia breeder, Mark Jury.
  • Procured from Gossler Farms, Oregon in 1992. It is a cross between M. campbellii and M. sargentiana (#2 and #4).
  • Located in the Magnolia section just off the Upper Trail across from the entrance to our Asian Maple display, grid 27-1E, you will need to look up to appreciate its beauty in flower. You will not be disappointed!



4)   Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta                                          Sargent’s Magnolia

Close-up photo of Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta
Ray Larson
Close-up photo of Magnolia sargentiana var. robusta
  • Arguably, one of our most admired magnolias due to its close proximity to Arboretum Drive and Rhododendron Glen parking lots, grid 13-7E.
  • Massive saucer-type flowers, a few at eye-level to view and photograph close-up!
  • Native to China, especially the forests in Szechwan Province.









5)   Magnolia x kewensis  ‘Wada’s Memory’

Photo of Magnolia x kewensis ‘Wada’s Memory’
Niall Dunne
Magnolia x kewensis ‘Wada’s Memory’

Magnolia x kewensis ‘Wada’s Memory’
Niall Dunne
 Magnolia x kewensis ‘Wada’s Memory’
  • This Arboretum introduction was selected by Director Brian Mulligan from a group of seedlings procured from nurseryman Koichiro Wada of Japan in 1940.
  • Known for its large and showy flowers, it is indeed a star among the star-type magnolia group.
  • The original tree (869-40*A) is located in the Upper Rhododendron Glen, grid 11-6E.