Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'
black lily magnolia
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil
- Rate of growth: slow-growing
- Flowering period: June to September
- Flower colour: dark purple-red
- Other features: slightly fragrant flowers
- Hardiness: fully hardy
A stunning, deciduous magnolia with a compact habit and dark purple-red flowers which appear from an earlier age than most magnolias. The goblet-shaped blooms are produced from early summer, and then intermittently into autumn. A lovely shrub for a sunny or partially shaded spot out of strong winds.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in midsummer. The best time to plant is in April, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole, in a sheltered spot. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.
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Q:I would like to purchase this as a gift for someone but as I won't get to see it before delivery I would like to know how big it is (height, width) and what its current state is e.g. in flower, in leaf etc.Asked on 6/5/2015 by Tinytim from Worcester, United Kingdom
These are in 2-litre pots so are still quite young plants. It is difficult to be too specific about sizes as they are all different, but if I were to have a rough guess, I would say they were around 30cm high and around 20cm wide. They should be in leaf now, but we could not guarantee flowers.Answered on 15/5/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:I have a Magnolia Nigra which is in the wrong position. Can I move it and if so when would be the best time?Asked on 19/4/2015 by braynz from nth yorkshire
If this has only been planted for a few years, then you should be able to move it successfully if you can dig it up without severing too much of the rootball. This should be done while the plant is completely dormant, so late autumn would be ideal - and you will need to make sure it is kept really well watered for the first year after transfer.Answered on 22/4/2015 by Helen from crocus
Q:Can magnolia moves be kept in a large potAsked on 30/3/2015 by none from newcastle on tyne
I have not heard of Magnolia moves, but Magnolia liliiflora'Nigra' can certainly be grown in a large pot provided it is kept well fed and watered.Answered on 2/4/2015 by Anonymous from crocus
How tall would this be in a 3ltr pot pleaseAsked on 1/2/2013 by oldboar
This will be approximately 30cm tall in a 3-litre pot.
I hope this helps,Answered on 4/2/2013 by Anonymous
Q:Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' flowering time
You are offering a Magnoia liliiflora 'Nigra' at the moment and I quite fancy one. However your website says this plant flowers June to September, whereas other web sources say it is April to June flowering. Can you advise please - I would prefer the later flowering period. Regards RobAsked on 14/4/2010 by Rob Graham
A:Hello Rob, It is always difficult to be specifier about flowering periods as so much depends on the weather as well as where the plants are growing. I have just double checked with the RHS and they say this cultivar flowers later than the species, so will flower in early summer and then intermittently into autumn. I have recently seen some of them on the nursery though and I would expect to see a few flowers in May. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/4/2010 by Rob Graham
A:Hi Helen Many thanks for your nice quick reply - I looked up another source ("A to Z Encyclopedia.....") and it indicate that the cultivar was later flowering as you say. Problem solved! Cheers RobAnswered on 14/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Will Magnolias survive really cold winters
Thank you for the information on Magnolias. However, we live 1000 ft above sea level in Mid-Wales and had temperatures in January 2010 down to Minus 16C. Can I really grow Magnolias in our situation? MargaretAsked on 14/4/2010 by DerekandMaggie Parker
A:Hello Margaret, The Magnolias we sell are fully hardy in most areas of the UK, however the best indication of what will grow in your area is to see what is already there. Alternatively if you really get blasted by wind or freezing temperatures and you want plants that usually won't tolerate these conditions, then perhaps you need to create a shelterbelt, which will produce a microclimate. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Magnolias - can I grow them in my soil?
Hello Crocus, I've always wanted a Magnolia in our garden, and several attempts have failed completely. Although I live in the Fens, we are on a loam outcrop, not the peat. If I put plenty of peat in the planting hole, and gave it a peat based mulch every year, would a Magnolia survive and flower? Your website is irresistible! Thanks AnnAsked on 12/4/2010 by Ann Steward
A:Hello Ann, Thanks for the lovely feedback - we do try to inspire! As for the Magnolia, I think it is always best to work with what you have rather than trying to fight it, so if you really, really want one, then get yourself a really big pot and grow it in there. Opt for one of the more compact types like :- M. Susan http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/specimen-plants/magnolia-susan/classid.2000012896/ M. liliflora Nigra http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-liliiflora-nigra/classid.4135/ They will never reach their full height in a pot, but as long as they are kept well fed and watered they will be happy in there for many years. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello again Ann, One more thing.... If the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias M.grandiflora http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-grandiflora-/classid.4124/ M. x loebneri Leonard Messel http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-%C3%97-loebneri-leonard-messel/classid.4144/ M.stellata http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/specimen-plants/magnolia-stellata-/classid.2000012898/ M. wilsonii http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-wilsonii-/classid.7928/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 13/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Thanks Helen, for both of your emails - I've decided on the pot option and ordered M liliflora 'Nigra'.Answered on 13/4/2010 by Ann Steward
Hi, I have just taken delivery of a Magnolia (Star Magnolia). At the moment it is outside, in the bottom half of the box. I have just checked on your website and it says it is best to plant in April. What should I do with it in the mean time, and how do I care for it? Regards LauraAsked on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed
A:Hello Laura, These are fully hardy so, although the optimum time for planting is spring or autumn, they can be planted out at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. Therefore I would recommend you get it into the ground as soon as you can. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Helen Thank you for your help - I will do as you suggest. LauraAnswered on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed
Q:Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....
Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards MargaretAsked on 5/12/2009 by D DRAKETT
A:Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Magnolia tree pruning
Greetings, We have a very mature Magnolia tree which grows from five thick stems (6 inches across) from ground level. The canopy starts from 4 feet and it has grown now 20 feet. It flowers well and often has a second flowering in September. It is a well known tree in our rural area. Can I prune the tree down to six feet in height with the hope it will send up sapling growth and then I would be able to control the height from ground level as now owing to heath problems I am not allowed to use step ladders. In anticipation --much appreciation.Asked on 20/9/2009 by Dick Brown
A:Hello There, It can be risky, but many Magnolias will slowly recover from being cut back hard, although it will take a few years to regain its composure. If you have a spring flowering type, then the best time to tackle this is in mid summer after the flowers have faded. It is important that you do not prune them from late winter to summer as they are prone to 'bleeding'. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
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