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Black Tulip

Bred in New Zealand by leading Magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, Magnolia Black Tulip® is stunning. This woody tree grows well in most climates, tolerating all but the coldest temperatures. It performs best in the sun and enjoys protection from strong winds. In early Spring the reward is a mass of magnificent, 6 inch black-purple, goblet-shaped flowers. Magnolia Black Tulip® is an upright smaller tree growing to a height of 11½ feet, making it suitable for smaller gardens or featured in larger landscape plantings.

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Aung San Suu plants a magnolia "Black Tulip" in the Royal family's Clarence House gardens, together with the Prince of Wales and watched on by the Duchess of Cornwall.        Photo From Telegraph News, UK- 21 June 2012

Key Features

  • Superb, goblet-shaped blooms up to 6 inches across
  • Stunning black-purple color
  • Quick to flower - flowers within the first few seasons
  • Smaller-growing tree, compact enough for most gardens
  • Pruning is generally not necessary, except for early training of the plant
  • Grows well in most climates - cold hardy to USDA zone 5

Suggested Uses

General garden / landscape plant.

Growth Habit

Deciduous upright tree.

Flower Size

Goblet-shaped flowers up to 6 inches across.

Mature Height

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11.5 feet for 10 year old tree

Mature Width

4.5 feet for 10 year old tree


Cold hardy to USDA Zone 5.

Flowering Period

Flowers before leaves are produced in early Spring.

Number Of Flowers

Hundreds of flowers on a mature tree.

Flower Color

Black-purple colored blooms.


Dark green leaves 6 inches x 4 inches.


Pruning is unnecessary, however, crossed or competing branches can be removed while the plant is young to improve its shape.

Light Needs

Full sun.

Water Needs

Average water requirements for medium to large tree.


Apply 1 to 4 handfuls of controlled release fertilizer (20:12:16) in Spring.

Disease Tolerance

No particular disease problems.

Pest Issues

No particular pest problems.

Special Care


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