This picture was taken 3 years ago on an overcast day in the San Joaquin Valley. Lennei Rubra was a seedling selection from Henderson Experimental Gardens in the early 70's. This form shows typical Lennei growth with the characteristic "cup" shaped flowers. Whereas Lennei is initially a rosy-purple in color this Magnolia when it first develops is more of a black-red, very much similar in color to a Magnolia x soulangiana 'Ruby'. I'll provide better representative images of this Magnolia next Spring.