Denomination: 'Cleopatra'
Botanical Name: Magnolia
Applicant/Holder: Hooper, Vance James
6 Mahoctahi Road
RD 42
New Zealand
Breeder: Vance James Hooper, Waitara, New Zealand
Agent in Canada: BioFlora Inc.
38723 Fingal Line
R.R. #1
St. Thomas, Ontario
N5P 3S5
Tel: 519-631-6241
Application Date: 2011-02-25
Application Number: 11-7201
Grant of Rights Date: 2017-06-30
Certificate Number: 5524
Grant of Rights Termination Date: 2042-06-30

Variety Description


PLANT: weak vigour, deciduous type, upright growth habit, taller than broad
STEM: very acute angle of lateral stems in relation to principal stem, short internode, brownish green when young, medium brown when aged, very weak degree of glaucosity

PETIOLE: short
LEAF: opposite arrangement along stem
LEAF BLADE: short, medium width, elliptic shape, short tip, attenuate base, absent or very weak undulation of margin, concave in cross-section
LEAF BLADE (UPPER SIDE): light green, no secondary colour, sparse pubescence, weak degree of glossiness
LEAF BLADE (LOWER SIDE): grayish green, absent or very weak pubescence

FLOWERING: very early
FLOWER: appear before leaves, semi-double type, medium diameter when fully expanded, more than 8 tepals, very strong overlapping arrangement of tepals, very weak fragrance
TEPAL: medium length, narrow, obovate shape, rounded apex, inner side is light blue pink (RHS 70D), outer side is purple (RHS 70A)
STAMEN: violet pink

FRUIT: inconspicuous

Origin & Breeding History: 'Cleopatra' originated from a hybrid cross made in 1998 in Waitara, New Zealand, between Magnolia ×soulangeana variety 'Sweet Simplicity', as the female parent, and the Magnolia hybrid variety 'Black Tulip', as the male parent. From the resulting progeny, 'Cleopatra' was selected in 2003 for its unique flower colour, upright plant growth habit, good plant growth with the potential for flower bud production on one-year-old grafted plants, and numerous flowers in its second flowering season. Asexual reproduction of 'Cleopatra' was first conducted by budding and grafting in March 2004, in Waitara, New Zealand.

Tests & Trials: The detailed description of 'Cleopatra' is based on the UPOV report of Technical Examination, application number 2010/2601, purchased from the Community Plant Variety Office, Angers, France. The trial was conducted by the Groupe d'Etude et de contrôle des Variétés Et des Semences (GEVES) in Brion, France, from March 14, 2012 to February 15, 2015. The colour determinations were made using the 2007 Royal Horticultural Society (RHS) Colour Chart.

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Magnolia: 'Cleopatra'

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Magnolia: 'Cleopatra'

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