Magnolia liliiflora Nigra

Black Lily Magnolia

A really good magnolia cultivar for acid or neutral soils, Magnolia liliiflora Nigra is a medium-sized, deciduous shrub with an upright habit, eventually becoming a multi-stemmed tree; it is suitable for a smaller garden. The elliptical leaves are a glossy deep green, up to 9”/20cm long. The erect, tulip-shaped flowers are a rich, deep reddish-purple (not black), paler inside, with the characteristic magnolia centre, and are borne in May and June. Although it is fully – indeed, very – hardy, a late frost can damage the flower buds. Mulch with well-rotted bark chips, garden compost or leaf-mould to keep moisture in the soil. Black lily magnolia holds the RHS Award of Garden Merit.

Site: Sheltered
Soil: Any moist but well-drained, acid to neutral soil
Position: Full sun or partial shade
Season of interest: Late spring to early summer in particular
Hardiness: Very hardy
Height: 8-13’ (2.5-4m) Spread: 5-8’ (1.5-2.5m)
Type | Size: Pot | 10L
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