Magnolia x veitchii Peter Veitch

Magnolia Peter Veitch

Magnolia x veitchii ‘Peter Veitch’

Magnolia x veitchii ‘Peter Veitch’
 
Distinguishing Features
The dark green leaves can be up to 22 cm long and are tinged with purple when young. Flowers are large, white and flushed purple-pink.
 
Season of Interest
Spring flowering, the tree produces an abundance of flowers well ahead of the emergence of the leaves.
 
One of a number of magnolias planted by Gerald Viscount Clifden in 1933 this specimen, at the bottom of the glade near the stream, is the largest magnolia at Lanhydrock and was measured as 24 m tall in 1995. Four of these trees survive, all in the magnolia glade including a second specimen of ‘Peter Veitch’ at the rear. Gerald was a keen amateur gardener and able to indulge his hobby with the help of his head gardener James Hawken. Two other specimens of ‘Peter Veitch’, planted by the National Trust in the 1980s, are in the higher western garden.
 
Peter Veitch was a plant collector and Exeter nurseryman who, in 1907, successfully crossed M campbellii (saucer-shaped pink flowers) with M denudata (cup-shaped erect white flowers).The excellent and vigorous hybrid ‘Peter Veitch’, with purple-pink flowers, was one of six seedlings raised and only one other (M x veitchii ‘Isca’) was considered worthy of propagation. ‘Isca’ bears white flowers in springtime. The National Trust planted a specimen of ‘Isca’ in the bed opposite in 1993.