Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

3 litre pot £34.99
available to order from midsummer
Quantity 1 Plus Minus
Buy Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' black lily magnolia: Fabulous purple-pink flowers

This shrub is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: moist, well-drained, slightly acidic soil
  • Rate of growth: slow-growing
  • Flowering period: June to September
  • 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. When planting, add plenty of ericaceous compost to the planting hole and mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.

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Great roots, flowered in first year


Established a great rootball in its pot and even flowered already. Just planted out, hoping the stems will get stronger quickly to be strong enough holding the flowers up next year.


Mid Wales


Good buy


Lovely shrub, beautifully packaged on arrival. Healthy looking plant that has grown since purchased and is at present in bud ready for the spring to arrive.




Beautiful magnolia


It's a central feature in my front lawn


Quorn, Loughborough



4.7 3


Hello, I have a yard, not a garden. I was wondering if any of the dark magnolias (this one, burgundy star, black tulip) are suitable for growing in a container? If so, which size container, please? Thank you.


Hello, Of the three you mention, the Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' would be the best for a large pot (filled with ericaceous compost) on the patio. Do make sure however that it is kept well fed and watered.


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.


Hello, 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.


I have a Magnolia Nigra which is in the wrong position. Can I move it and if so when would be the best time?


Hello, 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.


Can magnolia moves be kept in a large pot


Hello, 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.

Hi, How tall would this be in a 3ltr pot please


Hello, This will be approximately 30cm tall in a 3-litre pot. I hope this helps,

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? Margaret

DerekandMaggie Parker

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 Doctor

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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 Rob

Rob Graham

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 Rob

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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 Doctor

Rob Graham

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 Ann

Ann Steward

Thanks Helen, for both of your emails - I've decided on the pot option and ordered M liliflora 'Nigra'.

Ann Steward

Hello again Ann, One more thing.... If the soil is not too alkaline, you could grow any of the following Magnolias M.grandiflora M. x loebneri Leonard Messel M.stellata M. wilsonii I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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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 M. liliflora Nigra 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 Doctor

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Magnolia planting 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 Laura

Laura Steed

Hello Helen Thank you for your help - I will do as you suggest. Laura

Laura Steed

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 Doctor

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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 Margaret


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. I hope this helps. Helen Plant Doctor

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