Magnolia and red acer - Cumbria lake district
Im currently in Ambleside and am bowled over by large numbers of huge magnoila trees in bloom - looking fabulous, all the white stand up tulip type, pinker at the base.
also very common here is a red acer, in full glory now. I have seen these 2 together in combination now and i want the same thing. Im astonished they do fine is what must be a cold and windy lakeside setting, so i am hopeful if i get the right types they will do well in my cold and windy garden!
so....anyone like to guess what varieties these might be so i can have a go at home? Or what are the strongest types of these two and the most likely to be OK in a windy spot? I had previously thought acers were out, but i am encouraged to try now.
Can you post some pictures? Both of the entire tree and a close up of the leaves. It will help for identification.
will they grow in you garden I don't know what type of soil you have or where you live
The magnolia is probably Magnolia campbellii, it is one of the toughest and there are lots of cultivars from deep red to white, you just have to take your choice. They make a big tree. The great advantage in choosing a cultivar is that they should flower much earlier than a seedling grown plant.
The maple is more difficult and as Blue Onion says just about impossible to identify for sure without an image. Even then it can be tricky. Having said that Acer platanoides 'Crimson King' is probably a good candidate, particularly as you say there are lots. It makes a large tree and is often flowering (yellow flowers) as the new bronze/red leaves emerge.
I also agree that Holehird is a beautiful garden and well worth a visit anytime.
Hope these will do...
Sorry, always seem to get them upside down(its an ipad thing)
Its okay I can stand on my head, lol! Okay wrong on both counts, I guess that is why images are so important. The Magnolia is a Magnolia x soulangeana type and like M. campbelli comes in a variety of different colours. It does not normally get larger than around 10m x 10m.
The Maple is an Acer palmatum type probably something like Acer palmatum 'Atropurpureum' However there are a large number of purple/red leaved cultivars. If you are selecting one I would recommend you select one you like rather than a specific named cultivar.