Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’, the black lily magnolia, is a beautiful shrub that eventually becomes a small, multi-stemmed ornamental tree. It’s grown for its large, tulip-shaped flowers that are deep purple-red on the outside slightly paler on the inside. They appear later than most magnolias – mostly in late spring and early summer, then sporadically through to early autumn.
As Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ only reaches around 4m x 2.5m, it is suitable for a smaller garden. Unlike many magnolias, it’s deciduous. Grow Magnolia liliiflora ‘Nigra’ in a sun or partial shade, sheltered from strong winds. Magnolias do best in moist but well-drained, neutral to acid soil.