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Purple Lily Magnolia

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

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.
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Water regularly, when top 3" of soil is dry. Once well established, needs only occasional deep watering.


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Botanical Pronunciationmag-NOH-lee-uh li-leye-FLOH-ra Ny-gruh
LoreThe lily flowered magnolia became a staple of the old South and many old specimens can still be found there today.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing to 6 to 10 ft. high, 4 to 8 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFlowers for Cutting, Fragrant, Long Bloom Season, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorPurple
Foliage ColorGreen
Growth Habit14
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder, Cutting Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureTolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly, when top 3" of soil is dry. Once well established, needs only occasional deep watering.
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.

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 5-9

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