Mar 26th, 2014

Ginter ‘Spicy White’ Could be Arriving Soon in Your Mailbox

by Jonah Holland, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, Public Relations & Marketing Coordinator 

Ginter 'Spicy White'

Magnolia ‘Ginter Spicy White’

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.  We’ll be sure to let you know when it’s blooming next year!


Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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