Lanhydrock Magnolia campbellii

Magnolia campbellii

Magnolia campbellii or Himalayan Pink Tulip Tree

Distinguishing Features

The pink flowers (up to 25 cm long) open before the leaves. .

Season of Interest             

Consistently among the first magnolias to flower in late winter and early spring. As the flowers mature the outer tepals open up leaving the inner set upright to protect the stamens and stigmas from poor weather.

These two multi-stemmed trees were planted in 1933 by Gerald Viscount Clifden. They are among the four largest magnolias at Lanhydrock and regularly give a fantastic floral display as winter gives way to spring. The National Trust has ensured continuation of these magnificent trees by successive planting, in the 1960s, 80s and 90s, of four other specimens around the garden.

Magnolia campbellii is a species magnolia and is found naturally in the wild from eastern Nepal through northern India to southwest China. Considered the queen of magnolias, Campbell’s Magnolia is named for the Scottish botanist Dr Archibald Campbell and was first introduced into Britain in 1865.