Cercis canadensis 'Appalachian Red' (Appalachian Red Redbud)
Some plants are described as having red flowers, but the term "red" used here in the cultivar name misinforms those who have not seen it in flower. Many firms list flowers as "fuchsia pink". It's certainly not blood-red like Rosa moyesii, but this selection is a distinctively much brighter pink than seedlings. So it catches your eye - one of our favorites. Its flowers closely match the intense pink color of Prunus campanulata.
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.
Tinker Belle is a really beautiful Magnolia and we expect it to be in big demand. Fast growing it blooms well on young plants in the nursery. The buds open to numerous dark magenta, 3" upright flowers with pale pink interiors and a very sweet fragrance. Small in stature it will make an excellent specimen for smaller gardens, container culture or a shrubby boarder. The plants set buds readily in the nursery and the color and fragrance are unique attracting a lot of interest in the garden center. In Europe it is sought after for cut flower production.