Magnolia denudata - Yulan Magnolia

A close up image of the Stamens and carpels of the Magnolia denudata at Vaucluse House

Close up showing the magnolia flowers' beautifully coloured carpels and stamens from above Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums

The Yulan Magnolia originates from south-eastern China and is documented in Sydney as a species Alexander Macleay received at Elizabeth Bay House in 1836.

From 1850 onwards it is listed for sale in nursery’s such as the Darling Nursery Sydney and Guilfoyle’s Exotic Nursery in Double Bay. 

The magnificent Magnolia denudata is currently in bloom in the Vaucluse House Pleasure Garden and should be in full bloom for the next week or two, making this a perfect time to visit the gardens.

A trio of blooms on the Magnolia denudata at Vaucluse House
The blooms are mostly white with a purple tinge at the base and look fabulous en masse. Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums
The detail and purple tinge of the Magnolia denudata bloom at Vaucluse House
Here you can see the purple tinge fading out to the crisp white tepals. Steven Halliday © Sydney Living Museums

About the author

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Steve Halliday

Horticulturist

Steven is one of the horticulturists who takes care of Sydney Living Museums’ green spaces and gardens.