A hidden gem in the High Weald of Sussex, sensitively planted to enhance the natural landscape. A botanical treasure trove and classic English idyll make High Beeches one of the finest gardens in the South East


Thursday, 19 November 2015

Magnolia Seed

Magnolia Alexandrina

Magnolia Charles Raffill
Magnolia Seed

It has been a good year for seed on the
Magnolias.  The exotic and strange shaped
pods are often pink and split open to reveal
bright red seeds.

Magnolia Alexandrina (Magnolia x soulangeana 'Alexandrina') a hybrid between
Magnolia denudata and Magnolia liliiflora,
 M. Alexandrina is a named form and one of the most popular of magnolias.  It is free flowering in April and the flowers are white and flushed purple at the base. It is a
small tree here at High Beeches.

Magnolia  campbellii var. campbellii x var. mollicomata  'Charles Raffill'.  A cross made by C P Raffill at Kew in 1946.  A vigourous tree with large flowers which are deep purple on the outside and white with a purple marginal flush on the inside.

Magnolia globosa

Magnolia grandiflora 'Goliath'
Magnolia globosa is a large shrub with nodding creamish flowers produced in June.  It was introduced by George Forrest in 1919
from China and first flowered in the UK
at Loch Inch in 1931.  It is closely related to
M. wilsonii and M.sieboldii and is not
particularly common in cultivation.

Magnolia grandiflora 'Goliath' has large white flowers almost a foot across and flowers throughout the summer into the
autumn.  One of the trees here at High Beeches was badly damaged in the storm
of 1987 but has now fully recovered.
The timber of Magnolia grandiflora (Southern Magnolia) is harvested in the US and used for among other things, furniture and veneers