• Overview
    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
  • Detail
    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
    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 & Lore
    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.