Magnolia sprengeri ‘Eric Savill’ - originating from Savill Gardens, Windsor, England.
Botany Photo of the Day (above), UBC Botanical Garden: ”In science, beauty. In beauty, science. Daily.”
In 1958 the cultivar was initially planted at the Savill Garden as Magnolia sprengeri ‘Diva,’ but after the first flowering was determined to be a hybrid and so it was renamed ‘Eric Savill.’
It took seventeen years of diligent cultivation before the seedling-tree finally blossomed.
The tree received an Award of Merit by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) in 1986.