Magnolia x soulangeana planted in a typical fashion for a Melbourne front yard
Below is a cultivar called 'Apollo'. We plan to purchase one for planting in the Parkville garden I work in. It's difficult to appreciate it from the pictures but this cultivar has brighter pinks and more star shaped flowers than the soulangeana.
This next one is called Magnolia Liliiflora and is native to Southwest China. It has darker flowers that don't open up as much as the soulangeana hybrid. It's significant in the sense that it is one of the parents of the soulangeana hybrid, the other being Magnolia Denudata. The one I have photographed here is just a young plant, they can grow to 4 metres. It is also known as the 'Tulip Magnolia, Red Magnolia, Lily Magnolia, Purple Magnolia, Mulan Magnolia, Jane Magnolia and the Woody-Orchid'.
Last of all is this massive Magnolia I spotted when driving in Carlton. I'm guessing it's a soulangeana. It has to be the biggest and most heavily flowered one I have ever seen. The buildings behind the tree look to be newer than the tree itself. They must have thought that it was too grand to cut down.