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Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia)

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skill rating
1 hour care
per year
4m
Max height
2.5m
Max spread
10-20 Years
To maturity

Plant details

Botanical name

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

Other names

Black lily magnolia

Genus

Magnolia Magnolia

Variety or Cultivar

'Nigra' _ 'Nigra' is a compact deciduous tree with dark purple-red, tulip shaped flowers which appear in spring from an earlier age than most other magnolias.


Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' is: Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers.

Habit

Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)

Flower

Dark-purple in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer

How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Horse chestnut scale , Snails Capsid bug , Horse chestnut scale , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


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Where to grow

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Woodland, Containers, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in sun or partial shade. Some protection may be needed from late winter frosts.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

Companion plants

Botanical name

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra'

Other names

Black lily magnolia

Genus

Magnolia Magnolia

Variety or Cultivar

'Nigra' _ 'Nigra' is a compact deciduous tree with dark purple-red, tulip shaped flowers which appear in spring from an earlier age than most other magnolias.

Foliage

Deciduous

Fragrance

Flowers.

Habit

Spreading

Awards

RHS AGM (Award of Garden Merit)


Colour

Flower

Dark-purple in Spring

Foliage

Dark-green in Spring; Dark-green in Summer


How to care

Watch out for

Specific pests

Capsid bug , Horse chestnut scale , Snails

Diseases

Generally disease free.

General care

Propagation methods

Semi-hardwood cuttings, Softwood cuttings


Monthly care advice


Where to grow

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia) will reach a height of 4m and a spread of 2.5m after 10-20 Years.

Suggested uses

Architectural, City, Cottage/Informal, Low Maintenance, Woodland, Containers, Flower Arranging

Cultivation

Plant in free-draining soil in sun or partial shade. Some protection may be needed from late winter frosts.

Soil type

Clay, Loamy, Sandy

Soil drainage

Well-drained

Soil pH

Acid, Neutral

Light

Partial Shade, Full Sun

Aspect

South, East, West

Exposure

Sheltered

UK hardiness Note: We are working to update our ratings. Thanks for your patience.

Hardy (H4)

USDA zones

Zone 8, Zone 7, Zone 6, Zone 5, Zone 4

Defra's Risk register #1

Plant name

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia)

Common pest name

Scientific pest name

Phytophthora kernoviae

Type

Oomycete

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Pathogen of certain tree and shrub species; subject to a containment strategy the UK.

Defra's Risk register #2

Plant name

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia)

Common pest name

Japanese long scale; Japanese maple scale; Long scale; Japanese; Pear white scale

Scientific pest name

Lopholeucaspis japonica

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Absent

Likelihood to spread to UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

2

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

General biosecurity comments

Regulated only on Citrus at present; regulation on other hosts needs to be considered. Only likely to be a pest under glass in UK.

Defra's Risk register #3

Plant name

Magnolia liliiflora 'Nigra' (Black lily magnolia)

Common pest name

Black timber bark beetle; Smaller alnus bark beetle; tea root borer

Scientific pest name

Xylosandrus germanus

Type

Insect

Current status in UK

Present (Limited)

Likelihood to spread in UK (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

4

Impact (1 is very low - 5 is very high)

3

General biosecurity comments

Ambrosia beetle affecting a wide range of trees and woody hosts. Widespread in Europe and elsewhere and now present in the south of England. Impacts can be reduced by good silvicultural practices. Surveillance is being carried out to better determine distribution.

About this section

Our plants are under greater threat than ever before. There is increasing movement of plants and other material traded from an increasing variety of sources. This increases the chances of exotic pests arriving with imported goods and travellers, as well as by natural means. Shoot is working with Defra to help members to do their part in preventing the introduction and spread of invasive risks.

Traveling or importing plants? Please read "Don't risk it" advice here

Suspected outbreak? Click here for contact details to report to the relevant authority.

Date updated: 7th March 2019 For more information visit: https://planthealthportal.defra.gov.uk/

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I have this magnolia Liliflora nigra in a very large pot. It was bought about 10 years ago as a 'twig' from sainburys. I usually have a good flush of flowers but this year only 2 appearing. It is… read more

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