Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Average Landscape Size:
Average Landscape Size
Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. high, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
Key Feature:
Key Feature
Spring Flowering
Blooms:
Flowering Time
Spring
Landscape Uses:
Landscape Uses
Botanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a li-leye-FLOH-ra
Plant type:Tree, Shrub
Deciduous/evergreen:Deciduous
Growth rate:Slow
Average landscape size:Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. high, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
Foliage color:Green
Blooms:Spring
Flower color:Purple
Design IdeasSmall flowering Magnolia like this one are the toast of the spring garden and should be planted as a specimen where you can enjoy it thoroughly. While in bloom, it's a standout in shrub borders, then blends into the background later on. Small enough to be a front yard foundation shrub, or prune it into a patio tree for a more charming effect. Use as a source of color in Asian gardens when Camellia and Azalea have not yet bloomed. Good cut flower.
Companion PlantsThis wonderfully versatile plant is a natural for an Asian-inspired theme using Coral Bark Japanese Maple (Acer palmatum 'Sango-kaku') and Japanese Black Pine (Pinus thunbergiana). Experiment with hardy deciduous Azalea such as the potent Fireball Azalea (Azalea Hardy Hybrid 'Fireball') and Dwarf Japanese Garden Juniper (Juniperus procumbens 'Nana') in an Oriental Pompon form or left natural.
Care Information
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: winter.
Light Needs:
Light needs: Full Sun
Full sun
Watering Needs:
Water needs: Moderate
Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
History:
This is one of the parent species of the renowned Magnolia soulangiana group of hybrids. Nigra is considered the best flower and foliage color of all cultivars. It is a native of China and one of the earlier forms to be exported to the west.
Lore:
The lily flowered magnolia became a staple of the old South and many old specimens can still be found there today.