A hybrid with the species liliflora, developed in the 1950's. 'Betty' has a more lily-like shape, with very dark purple buds that open to orchid-purple blooms.
The first of the yellow hybrids introduced in 1977—not named for a queen or cosmetics mogul, but a benefactor from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden where it was hybridized. ‘Elizabeth’ has upward facing, pale lemon yellow flowers that bloom later in the season than the first two varieties.
A popular recent introduction in 1991. We hope to acquire one soon, but I managed to take a picture of ‘Butterflies’ from a local estate just off the mountain. Exemplified with darker yellow flowers, the plants are described as "loaded with butterflies" when in blossom.
|Magnolia 'Judy Zuk'|
‘Judy Zuk’ is a very recent acquisition as of 2008. Newly introduced in 2005, it is another yellow variety from BBG. This one starts off gold, then matures to a butter yellow with darts of purple at the base of the bloom. Ours was a gift and it claims prime real estate at the end of the long arbor.