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Blooming Marvel - Magnificent Magnolia discovered in a back garden in Dorset.<br />
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What is thought to be Britain's tallest Magnolia tree has been discovered in the back garden of a house in Lilliput, Poole in Dorset.<br />
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The stunning tree is thought to have been planted by the previous owner of the seaside home around 100 years ago, but has now grown into a 70 ft monster, more than double the height of the previous record holder at Trebah Garden, near Falmouth in Cornwall.<br />
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Magnolia campbellii was introduced to Britain by Joseph Hooker, the future Director of the Royal Botanic Garden Kew, after he came across a tree deep in the forests of Sikkim during his explorations of the Himalayas in the 1840s.