Genie's main feature is its stunning large fragrant crimson flowers. The flower buds are a black-red as they emerge, opening to a full deep crimson colour, initially against bare branches.
Genie flowers over 3-4 weeks in May, making it longer-lasting than many other Magnolias. It may produce a secondary display of flowers in the summer.
The tree grows with a neat compact habit, reaching perhaps 3m after 10 years.
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Genie is cold-hardy, but does best in a sheltered spot in free-draining neutral or slightly acidic soil.
Genie was developed in New Zealand by Vance Hooper, and is a complex hybrid derived from Magnolia soulangeana crossed with Magnolia lilliflora.