Magnolia heptapeta (Buc’hoz) Dandy
Synonyms: Lassonia heptapeta Buc’hoz; M. denudata Desrouss.; M. consptcua Salisb.; M. yulan Desf.
See M. denudata in the main work, and the note under that name in this supplement.
† M. ‘Purple Eye’. – Possibly a hybrid rather than a cultivar of M. heptapeta, this owes its name to the purple stain at the base of the three inner tepals. The flowers open widely and the tepals are of fleshy texture. It has been suggested that this is the same as ‘Veitch’s Best Yulan’, which came from Messrs Robert Veitch of Exeter and received an Award of Merit when shown from Borde Hill in 1926. But in this plant, which still exists, there is only the faintest purple staining inside the flowers, which retain their goblet shape until they fall. The original plant of ‘Purple Eye’ grew in the garden of a Mr Cook and was bought by Messrs Hillier after his death. But whence he obtained it is unrecorded.
M. ‘Anne Rosse’. – A seedling of M. heptapeta, of which the pollen-parent was probably M. sargentiana var. robusta, raised at Nymans in Sussex. Award of Merit 1973.
Dr Spongberg has suggested that M. denudata var. purpurascens (Maxim.) Rehd. & Wils., mentioned on page 650, is probably the result of hybridisation between M. heptapeta and M. quinquepeta, which would make it a form of M. × soulangeana, of Chinese or Japanese origin.