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Ann MagnoliaMagnolia liliflora 'Nigra'

  • Ann Magnolia shrub - Magnolia x
  • Ann Magnolia - Magnolia x
  • Ann Magnolia - Magnolia x
A member of the "Little Girl" group of hybrid magnolias developed in the mid-50s at the U.S. National Arboretum. Hardy shrub or small tree. Impressive deep purple-red flowers with 7-9 petals that resemble a tulip. Blooms mid- to late-March and may have sporadic rebloom in summer. Leaves are dark green and somewhat leathery in appearance. This shrub will brighten any landscape and is best used as a shrub border or specimen plant. Grows 8'-10' high with a 10'spread. Full sun for best flowering.

Hardiness Zones

The ann magnolia can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–7. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering shrub, typically planted for its profusion of flowers.

Mature Size

The Ann magnolia grows to a height of 8–10' and a spread of around 10' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This shrub grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this shrub, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The Ann magnolia grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well-drained soils.

Attributes

This shrub:
  • Produces impressive deep purple-red blooms with 7–9 petals that resemble tulips.
  • Blooms mid- to late March, with some blossoms reappearing in the summer.
  • Can be trained to grow as either a shrub or small tree.
  • Features dark green leaves with a somewhat leathery appearance.
  • Grows in a rounded shape.
  • Is best used as a shrub border or specimen plant.

History/Lore

The Ann magnolia is a member of the "Little Girl" group of hybrid magnolias developed in the mid-50s at the U.S. National Arboretum.