Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’

Treat yourself to a QVC exclusive – the stunning Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’. Tune in to Richard Jackson’s Garden on QVC in February 2016 for your chance to buy this garden wonder.

Magnolia 'Black Tulip'. Image: Thompson & Morgan
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Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ has been specially grown for QVC customers. It’s not widely available and can be difficult to get hold of in the UK, so if you want the chance to grow it, make sure you reserve your plants right now!

Stunning flowers

The world’s leading magnolia breeders, Felix and Mark Jury, bred this stunning shimmering dark purple magnolia in New Zealand.

It flowers in spring with deep purple blooms. Each goblet-shaped flower is a huge, 6-inch tall and borne on bare stems. The flowers never fully open, so they keep this glorious, ‘tulip’ shape. The sight of them on the bare branches is breathtaking and heart-warming!

Unlike some magnolias, that can take several years to mature and flower, this variety flowers quite quickly in its lifetime, and you may even start to see a bloom or two in the first or second growing season.

Growing needs

  • The ‘Black Tulip’ magnolia has been selected to grow in many different climates, so is bound to suit whatever your garden provides. Choose a nice, sunny position and shelter it from strong winds.
  • If you thought magnolias were only suitable for giant, stately gardens then think again. This one is perfect for small gardens and can even be grown in large planters on the patio, (at least 60cm in diameter is best).
  • You may find that your magnolia will perform best in a loamy, well-drained soil. Mix in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure into the hole when you plant your tree.
  • It’s also a good idea to keep the plant regularly mulched, magnolias are shallow rooting and tend to have their roots very near the surface, and the mulching will protect the roots from harsh frosts and summer scorching.
Michael Perry

About Michael Perry

Michael has been involved with gardening and plants since he was just five years old. He is a self-professed Plant Geek, and was listed in the Sunday Times top 20 most influential people in the gardening world, thanks to his plant hunter role at Thompson & Morgan. Michael was responsible for new plant introductions such as the Egg and Chips plant and the FuchsiaBerry and keeps busy travelling the world in search of new plants as well as lecturing worldwide, including stints in Japan. He is very active on social media - so why not give him a follow at @mr_plantgeek or Facebook.
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