Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'


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Plant type

Deciduous shrub

Flower colour






Skill level


photo by Marcus Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (50231)

Plant details

Holder of the Royal Horticultural Society's prestigious Award of Garden Merit (AGM), this stunning magnolia well deserves such recognition for its compact habit and dark purple-red flowers which appear from an earlier age than most other magnolias. It needs moist but well-drained soil that is acidic to neutral. Choose a sunny or partially shaded position that is protected from strong winds. Mulch around the plant every spring with well-rotted manure or garden compost.

Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Species: liliiflora

Cultivar: Nigra

Plant type: Deciduous shrub

Flower colour: Purple

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Acidic

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Experienced

Height: 300cm

Spread: 240cm

Flowering period: April to June

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Is it possible to grow this in a container?
If not what small tree (with year round interest if possible) would you recommend?
Thank you.
Shirley Middlecoate


can i grow any magnolia in patio pots?


help and advice please. novice gardener!
my magnolia is in bud but they seem to be wet, as if rotting. It is in a container, not sure how long for though as i inherited it. thanks in advance

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