Cameo is a sister seedling to Cleopatra and is the latest release from the New Zealand Magnolia Grove breeding program of Vance Hooper. A stunning bloom with a sculpted form like a cameo broach. Reddish purple exterior with clean white flushed red-purple interior. Cameo has exceptional flower power, second only to Genie for freeness of flowering. The high rate of flower production both in spring and summer keeps the plant as a small tree with a compact habit.
Its color is a attractive crystalline red-purple that almost has a metallic sheen. The growth habit is an upright small tree with a columnar to pyramidal habit. It will produce summer flowers, particularly where summer rains are common. In 2013 'Cleopatra' won first prize for the best new tree at the International Plant Trade Fair in Essen, Germany. This recognizes the special qualities of 'Cleopatra' and helps put Magnolia Grove, NZ on the world map of Magnolia breeders. It is showing good resistance to mildew.