You’ve been hearing about the fabulous Magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’ for a few years now. It’s a wonderful tree, created by one of our volunteers, Bill Smith, our resident magnolia hybridist. Described as a cross between Magnolia Tripetala ‘Bloomfield’ and Magnolia ‘R20-1′ (Magnolia sieboldii x M. ashei) the blooms have a lemony-mint fragrance (hence the spicy). The tree was named in honor of Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden and we are honored.
Smith has devoted the last 15+ years to creating, evaluating and distributing new and improved magnolia species for Virginia gardens — and this is the payoff: Ginter ‘Spicy White’ is now available for purchase to the public at Rare Find Nursery. Unfortunately, this year the magnolia test bed where ‘Spicy White’ is located won’t be accessible to the public during bloom time because it is in the construction zone for our new Cherry Tree Walk. We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s blooming next year!