Magnolia ×loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ (Magnolia cultivar)April 11, 2019
This spring has been kind to our magnolias. Mild days, cool nights (with no damaging frosts so far) have resulted in a fine show. Among the group of small magnolias trees on the lawn close to Glyndor Gallery is Magnolia ×loebneri ‘Leonard Messel’ and this week it is in its full pink glory.
An accidental hybrid between two magnolia species—Magnolia kobus and a pink form of M. stellata—it arose at Nymans, the garden of Colonel Leonard Messel in Sussex, England.
By Charles Day is Wave Hill’s Ruth Rea Howell Senior Horticultural Interpreter