New Purple Magnolia

By Charlie Nardozzi

Spring is magnolia time in many areas of the country. These early-blooming trees are some of the first reminders of the colorful flowering trees and shrubs to come. Now there is a new, smaller-sized variety with flowers in a unique color.

From the new Mark Jury series in New Zealand comes 'Black Tulip'. This deciduous magnolia tree grows just 25 feet tall, 10 to 15 feet wide, and produces stunning, dark purple-black, 6-inch blooms in early spring. The flowers are often compared to tulips for their color and shape. 'Black Tulip' is perfect for small-space yards, flowers within a few years after planting, and is hardy to USDA zone 5.

For more information on 'Black Tulip' magnolia, go to: Tesselaar Plants.

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