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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Tree

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  • £54.99 (ex VAT)
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The compact Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' will grow to a 2.5 x 2 metre bush in 20 years. Large goblet shaped flowers appear in spring, early summer and then intermittently until the autumn. The lightly fragrant flowers are dark red-purple externally and creamy white/pink inside, creating a lovely contrast.

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' starts flowering earlier than most other Magnolias, making it a great choice for spring interest. It has gorgeous glossy, dark/mid-green ovate deciduous foliage up to 20cm long. This small Purple Magnolia has the RHS AGM and is an ideal small garden tree or can be kept in a container. We recommend planting in well-drained soil in a sheltered position in full sun or part shade for the best results.

AKA Black Lily Magnolia, Purple magnolia tree, Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

  • Common name: Purple magnolia tree
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 2.5 x 2 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Summer
  • Foliage: Dark-green leaves from spring to summer
  • Soil: Best planted in well-drained sites and suitable for most soil types

Planting Advice for Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Trees

Our pot grown compact Purple Magnolia can be planted at any time of the year. Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole. Dig a square hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2x as wide. To help your Magnolia establish more effectively, sprinkle root grow in the hole.

Gently remove the pot but do not try to loosen the roots of Magnolia trees before planting. They have a fleshy root system and can be quite fragile. Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree.

For tree forms of Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra', we recommend using a stake and tie kit and rabbit guard when planting, but these are not needed for the bush forms. The help and advice section has further information and videos.

Aftercare Advice for Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Trees

If you’re planting Magnolia in spring or summer, water well for the first few months. Increase watering if there are extended periods of hot or dry weather. Magnolias do not cope well with dry soils so this is especially important. If planting in autumn, you may only need to water a little. Irrigation kits make it easier.

Once planted, keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. If your area is prone to rabbits, use a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Trees

Compact Purple Magnolia bushes can be pruned into shape, but should not be heavily pruned as they can go into shock. Simply remove any damaged branches or any that are growing in an awkward position. If pruning to limit the overall size, stagger your pruning over a few years to alleviate the stress on your tree. Pruning for Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' should be carried out in mid-summer to early autumn. Avoid pruning in late winter to early spring.

Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. All trees are carefully packed by our experienced team, with many despatched to our tried and tested couriers within 24 hours (please allow up to 10 days). There's no need to be in to receive your trees and you can request where they are left via the checkout.

There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached and mature trees (trees over 2.5m in height) because we group orders together by geographic area for specialist delivery - we will contact these customers to notify them of the delivery date and whether the delivery driver needs assistance.

Gift trees and those required by a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure, although we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre, so please make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

1 small tree (most trees with a height under 1.5 metres) : £7.95 + vat

1 medium tree (most trees 1.5-2 metres in height) or 2-4 small trees: £9.95 + vat

2+ medium trees or 5+ small trees: £12.95 + vat

1-4 large trees (trees too large to fit in a box): £19.95 + vat

Mature, pleached or 5+ large trees: Cost is calculated in the checkout process and varies by postcode. You can buy additional trees with no increase in delivery cost.

The above prices exclude the Scottish Highlands, where delivery starts from £24.95 + vat and is calculated in the checkout process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Non Mainland UK

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us to see if we can find a solution.

The product table at the bottom of the page gives the forms and sizes available for this variety. Please note, photos are a guideline as all plants are unique. Below are definitions of terms:

Supplied Size: Height measured from the top of the pot.

Single Stem / Pruned and shaped: Classic shaped tree with a single stem that has had pruning to help create a beautiful, natural shape.

Top grafted: A height noted next to this form refers to the length of clear stem, which will not grow taller. Only the head of branches will develop. Top grafted trees do not require complicated pruning and are ideal for small spaces.

Multi Stem: A multi stem tree is has two or more stems arising from or near ground level, growing from one root system. Take care to buy a true multi-stem like all ours and not those that are 3 saplings in a pot to cheaply imitate them.

Feathered: A feathered tree has branches from the bottom of the trunk all the way up. These branches can be removed if a clear stem is required.

Bush: A plant with many stems low down, rather than one clear stem.

Climber: A plant that is a natural climber and will be delivered usually running up a bamboo cane, ready to position in the garden.

Standard Tree: A more mature tree with an upright clear stem of approximately 1.8m-2.0m (measured from the soil to the lowest branches of the crown). Standards are available in different forms relating to their girth size (circumference of the stem measured 1m above soil level), not height:

Standard  either 6-10cm or 8-10cm girth, approximately 2.5-3.0m in height
Premium Standard  10-12cm girth, approximately 3.0-3.5m in height
Heavy Standard  12-14cm girth, approximately 3.5-4.5m in height
Extra Heavy Standard 14-16cm girth approximately 4.0-6m in height

Plant Specification Form Supplied Size Root typePrice Quantity Qty
Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Form: Bush Supplied Size: 140-160cm Root type: 10L pot Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' Price £54.99 (ex VAT)
Bush 140-160cm 10L pot £54.99 (ex VAT)
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