|Photo courtesy of Whitney Rideout|
In the words of Cistus Nursery on http://www.plantlust.com/:
And Xera Plants’ description from the same website: A wonderful evergreen shrub with rounded leaves that are deep green and backed with a brown indumentum which coats the stems as well. Conical growing to 10' tall and half as wide in 8' years. The flower buds are coated in brown fur as well and are formed in the previous year and are showy through the winter. They open to 6 petalled white very fragrant flowers in April and are profuse born along the lithe stems. Unlike other Magnolias they are not brittle and are not damaged in snow and ice bending easily. This undemanding and handsome shrub is at home in full sun as well as shade in well drained soil with regular irrigation though it is tolerant of dry conditions when established. There are other named forms of this shrub which we have found to be not as hardy to cold. This form is cold hardy to at least 5 °F and has performed for the last 12 years with no damage from the coldest temperatures.
Seems a trip to Cistus Nursery is in order. If you get there first, leave one for me, please!