Polo de Lorenzo (Magnolia x ‘Polo de Loreno’)

My friend Roger Warner sent me this scion wood, and this is what he says about the tree: ‘Named in honor of the former proprietor of Sonoma Horticultural Nursery, a great gentleman and generous horticulturist. The tree is very petite ( 8 feet tall x 8 feet wide after 25 years), perfect for the smaller garden. The flowers are huge (12 inches wide) and intoxicatingly fragrant, one does not need a ladder to savor the bouquet. Sold as a seedling of Magnolia campbellii ‘Lanarth’, it’s parentage remains an intriguing mystery, but the man whom after it was named will always be a cherished friend.’   Sounds like a winner to me! One gallon $25

Polo de Lorenzo

Cercis ‘Rising Sun’

Cercis ‘Rising Sun’

Is this eye-catching, or what? Ever since my heart was broken by Forest Pansy death syndrome, I have been leery of Cercis, but then I started being lured back by the likes of Covey (Lavender Twist) and Appalachian Red–and I never really let go of Oklahoma–but when i started growing Rising Sun, I became a believer again–altho I hear when it gets really big it can be brittle, but lordy, let it break and grow back hard and let me watch apricot turn to gold every day!

Size: 1 gallonPrice: $25.00
Size: fieldgrownPrice: $95.00

Davidia involucrata ‘Lady Sunshine’

Davidia involucrata 'Lady Sunshine'

Davidia involucrata ‘Lady Sunshine’

Davidia involucrata ‘Lady Sunshine’ is the showiest of all the Davidias out of the flower period because of the incredibly bright variegation; this is a good thing because the tree takes forever to actually start flowering- much like the species in general (see other posts for exceptions). The tree is smaller than species and slower growing but perfect in a shady location to bring light into a shady part of the garden. zone 6

Size: 1 gallonPrice: $25.00
Size: 2 gallonPrice: $50.00
Size: Field grownPrice: $105.00

Rose Marie (Magnolia ‘Rose Marie’)

Magnolia Rose Marie

Magnolia Rose Marie


Maybe the best known of the Ledvina hybrids, this is what he says: large flower with 9 broad tepals, a vivid rosy pink. The tree blooms at a young age and continues for up to six weeks. Sounds like a winner to me!

Size: 1 gallonPrice: $25.00
Size: 2 gallonPrice: $50.00
Size: Field grownPrice: $95.00