Tree to 20 m. Leaves thin and leathery, 10–18 × 4–6 cm, elliptic, upper surface glossy green and glabrous, lower surface pale green with sparse rufous pubescence. Flowers on axillary shoots, fragrant, white to cream or with pink edges, 10–13 cm diameter; stamens yellow. (Figlar 2000).
USDA Hardiness Zone 7b-9
RHS Hardiness Rating H4
This artificial hybrid is the result of a cross between Magnolia figo and M. doltsopa first made in 1972 by John M. Fogg, a magnolia enthusiast and one-time Director of the Morris Arboretum, Philadelphia; all hybrids involving only these two parents are covered by the name. Flowering from a young age (Figlar 2005) it combines the good qualities of its parents to make erect, vigorous handsome shrubs up to over 10 m tall in some clones, with dense dark foliage, widely used for landscaping purposes in the southern United States, and even recommended for hedging (Virtual Plant Tags 2008). A number of clones have been selected. Some (e.g. ‘Picotee’) are less hardy than others listed here (K. Hughes, pers. comm. 2008).
Along with M. laevifolia, M. × foggii has been used in Mark Jury’s breeding program for commercial michelia hybrids; these are already eclipsing M. × foggii as plants for general garden use.
Large, pure white flowers with strong fragrance. Raised by Phil Savage, Detroit, before 1991.
Small pyramidal tree; flowers white with pale pink margins, slightly fragrant. Raised before 2000 by Os Blumhardt, New Zealand, and quite widely grown in Australasia; its hardiness has scarcely been tested in Europe or North America.
Narrowly upright large shrub or small tree. Tepals white, edged purple-pink. Suffers little damage even at –18 °C in the southeastern United States (Hogan 2008). A specimen planted in Dorset, UK by John Gallagher before 1992, had reached 11–12 m by 2007 and was still growing well, flowering abundantly each year and never damaged by frost (J. Gallagher, pers. comm. 2007). Raised by Phil Savage, Detroit, before 1991.
Small pyramidal tree; flowers creamy white edged and tipped purplish. Raised before 1996 by Os Blumhardt, New Zealand; again, hardiness scarcely tested outside Australasia.