Magnolia denudata ‘Yellow River’ (syn. ‘Fei Huang’) – A spectacular deciduous Magnolia with deep yellow buds that open to 6″ wide pale yellow flowers that are wonderfully fruit scented. It blooms from April to May and prefers a part to full sun exposure. ‘Yellow River’ has a rounded, domed crown shape at maturity. Grows 20′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Magnolia x ‘Galaxy’ – This cross of Magnolia liliiflora and M. sprengeri ‘Diva’ features a strong single-stemmed tree form with a narrow growth habit. It bears brilliant reddish-purple buds that open to slightly paler blooms, with flowers reaching up to 8-10″ wide. ‘Galaxy’ also has much stronger wood than most Magnolias. Grows 20-30′ high by 15-20′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Magnolia x loebneri ‘Merrill’ – A hybrid deciduous Magnolia that was bred from M. kobus and Magnolia stellata. It features an abundance of fragrant white (often tinted pink) flowers in mid spring that are composed of 15 petals. ‘Merrill’ is an RHS Award of Garden Merit winner and bears 5″ long mid green leaves. Good cold tolerance. Grows 25′ high and wide. Hardy to zone 5.
Magnolia x ‘Apollo’ – ‘Apollo’ is thought to be a Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ x M. campbellii ‘Lanarth’ cross and is closely related to ‘Iolanthe’. The large cup-shaped fragrant blooms are a bright violet-purple on the outside, with a paler pink interior. This Jury hybrid blooms in spring and occasionally repeats in summer. Grows 15-20′ high by 15′ wide. Hardy to zone 6.
Magnolia x ‘Butterflies’ – A cross of Magnolia acuminata and M. denudata with exceptional fragrant lemon yellow blooms (4-5″ wide) that are not prone to fading. It has a pyramidal growth habit and deep green deciduous foliage. ‘Butterflies’ prefers a part to full sun exposure with some protection from cold winter winds. Grows 15-20′ high by 12-15′ wide. Hardy to zone 5.