|Purple flowers with pink interiors. Named in 1948.
Deciduous trees or shrubs reaching 50 feet tall, with gray-brown bark and smooth twigs. Terminal buds are covered with fine yellow hairs. Leaves are 4-7 inches long, smooth above, fuzzy on the undersides. The fragrant flowers are 6-8 inches across with pale pink or white interiors and reddish purple exteriors. Stamens are purplish red. The species is native to woods of central China at 3000-6500 feet elevation. It is very adaptable to different growing conditions and can be grown from seed. It flowers at about 20 years old from seed, so is largely propagated by grafting. Blooms later than M. campbellii and often escapes frost injury to the flowers. Flowers March to April, fruits August to September.