Magnolia Caerhays Belle (Salmon Pink)
Caerphays Belle is a small to medium-sized tree that produces large salmon-pink cup-shaped flowers to 30cm wide in great profusion in March.
The 12 heavily textured broad tepals are spoon-shaped, the tips of the inner ones are curved upwards, thus highlighting the deeper colour of the outside of the tepal. This cultivator fruits freely, producing decorative pink-coloured seed cones up to 20cm long.
This is a deliberate cross carried out by Charles Michael, the head gardener of Caerhays Castle in Cornwall in 1951. It flowered for the first time in 1965.