Magnolia liliiflora Desr.

Purple Magnolia, Red Magnolia


Family: Magnoliaceae

Genus: Magnolia

Category: Shrub - Deciduous

Zones: 5 to 8

Size: To 12' tall and wide

Exposure: Sun, Filtered Sun, Part Shade

Description: 

Rounded shrub to small tree, multi-stemmed. Leaves simple, entire, alternate, to 7" long and 5" wide. Flowers are purple outside and white inside, tulip-like, to 4" diameter in early spring. Dirr says often infected with mildew.

Cultivars: 

'Nigra' - compact form, larger flowers (purple and white) over a long period, introduced by J.G. Veitch from Japan in 1861, RHS Award of Garden Merit in 2002, First Class Certificate 1981, Award of Merit 1907.

History: 

Considered native to China although not found in the wild there.

Introduced in 1790.

Published in Encycl. (J. Lamarck & al.) 3: 675 in 1792.

Synonym Magnolia purpurea Curtis.

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