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A small to medium sized multistemmed tree with creamy yellow flowers which are seen over a 4 - 6 week period during late April and May in the south of England. This colouration is more intense when seen under stronger light levels such as in Korea and New Zealand. The tree at Wisley is a broad spreading vigorous small to medium sized tree, currently growing 45 - 60 cm per year, and is about 7.6 m in height (2000). There are 6 - 9 tepals which on the first day of opening are considered to be midway between its parents in shape - fuller than M. acuminata yet lacking the rounded poise of M. denudata. After a few days the tepals will open fully to 8” (20 cm) revealing red stamens. The first flowers are a more ‘intense’ colour which gradually fade as the flowering season progresses. This is quite noticeable when the flowers are seen with the young unfurling leaves, which have a dull reddish colour on first opening. This quickly disappears, leaving a dark green upper surface. ‘Elizabeth’ was named in honour of Elizabeth van Brunt, a patron of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden.