Spotlight on Spring
Magnolia x soulangeana 'Lennei'
Lenne Saucer Magnolia
Magnolia x soulangeana, commonly known as saucer magnolia, is a deciduous hybrid magnolia (M. denudata x M. liliiflora). It is the most commonly grown deciduous magnolia. It is a broad shrub or small tree that typically rises to 20-25’ tall with a rounded crown.
Genus name honors Pierre Magnol, French botanist (1638-1715).
Hybrid designation honors Chevalier Etienne Soulange-Bodin (1774-1846), Director of the French Royal Institute, who crossed this hybrid in the early 1800s.
‘Lennei’ was introduced in Europe in 1853. It is a large, broad-spreading shrub that is most noted for its large, goblet-shaped, purple flowers and large leaves. ... Flowers are deep purple with white inside. Sparse numbers of additional flowers may bloom sporadically later in spring on new growth, but the later flowers are usually less vigorous and less colorful than those of the primary bloom. ‘Lennei’ rarely produces fruit.
My observations: This is late in the season for magnolias, and although many of the blooms on this mature specimen (planted in 1963) had the deep color referenced in the description, this particular bloom was paler. I chose this shot because of the illumination.
Hidden Lake Gardens, Michigan
Taken May 14, 2019
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