Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’

by Andrew Gapinski, Manager of Horticulture

April 16, 2014

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’ ( 87-2011*A) following mid-April storm.

Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’ ( 87-2011*A) following mid-April storm.

An overnight coating of snow hasn’t diminished the flowers of Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’ from wafting their grape fragrance notes into the air. Sent as rooted cuttings from the Holden Arboretum in 2011, this cultivar adds a bit of novelty for the nose to the historic magnolia collections around the Hunnewell Building Visitor Center.

Find this olfactory delight on your next visit to the Arboretum!

Kyle Port, Plant Records Manager

2 thoughts on “Magnolia salicifolia ‘Grape Expectations’

  1. M. salicifolia was the first magnolia to be introduced directly by the Arnold Arboretum, collected by Founding Director Charles Sprague Sargent himself during his first trip to Japan in 1892. Sargent visited Mt. Hakkoda on northern Honshu to see and collect seed of Abies marzeszi, the dominant forest tree at the summit. On the lower slopes of the mountain, he made seed collections of M. salicifolia, which later germinated successfully at the Arboretum. Read more here…

  2. All the flowers on this fine specimen have now senesced. Over the coming weeks, emerging leaves will expand to optimize photosynthesis. One of the byproducts of photosynthesis, glucose, will be used (in part) to develop flowers for your smelling pleasure in 2015!

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