Purple Lily Magnolia
Purple Lily Magnolia
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'Item #5990 USDA Hardiness Zone: 5 - 9
Wonderful deciduous shrub having an upright open branching habit and large two-toned, dark purple-red outside and pink insid. Flowers over long blooming season. A superb single specimen and accent plant. Full sun. Slow-growing to 6 to 10 feet high, 4 to 8 feet wide. Cutting grown.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:mag-NOH-li-a li-leye-FLOH-raDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. high, 4 to 8 ft. wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:PurpleDesign 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.
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Full sunWatering Needs:Water regularly, when top 3" of soil is dry. Once well established, needs only occasional deep watering.
- History & LoreHistory: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.