Magnolia Black Tulip ('Jurmag1') (PBR)
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: moist, well-drained, acidic soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Flowering period: March to April
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Deep burgundy-purple, tulip-like flowers that grow up to 15cm in diameter, crowd the slender stems before the larger than average leaves emerge each spring. It is one of the darkest flowering of all the magnolias and it is quite simply gorgeous. Use it as a feature plant in a spring garden and underplant with an array of spring-flowering bulbs for a jaw-dropping display.
- Garden care: Requires minimal pruning. Remove any broken, diseased or crossing branches in midsummer. Plant in a sheltered spot, adding plenty of peat to the planting hole. Mulch in spring with manure and leafmould, especially on dry soils.
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Q:We have recently bought a black tulip magnolia and have just noticed the flowers have large black spots which are causing them to fall. Do you know what the problem might be? ThanksAsked on 6/4/2014 by Wendy from North. East
I can't be sure what the problem is with your magnolia but it could be frost damage. Unfortunately lots of magnolias were caught by the frost recently, which has damaged the flowers, turning them brown and then the petals drop. The flowers are very susceptible to frost and wind damage. Hope this helps.Answered on 7/4/2014 by Anonymous from crocus
Q:black tulip magnolia in a container, what feed is best?
Vicki EmeryAsked on 21/8/2013 by kitchen from kirdford west sussex rh140LP
This Magnolia likes an acidic soil, so if you are going to grow it in a pot I would recommend using an ericaceous soil. This plant can grow eventually to 6m x 5m so it will need a large pot, and will need to be planted out into the garden eventually, but for now I would place it in a sheltered, sunny situation. They like moist, well drained soil so it won't like drying out, and I would feed it with an ericaceous feed.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 22/8/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:I have had a black tulip for 3 years now and it has barely flowered, the first year it got a couple of flowers and last year the few it had rotted off and so far this year no signs at all of any buds that seem large enough to enclose a flower, it also seems to have not grown at all. The plant is in full sun and is partly sheltered from wind, i have a stellata and a susan which i have no problems with at all have you any ideas why its not flowering or growing.Asked on 1/5/2013 by betty boo from crawcrook/ tyne and wear
Sorry to hear you are having problems with your Magnolia Black Tulip. There are many reasons why plants don't flower including too much shade, not enough water, or nutrients. It can also be caused by the plant putting on new root growth instead of focusing its energies on producing flowers. Newly planted Magnolias can often take several years to settle before they start flowering. You can often give them a bit of a push by feeding during the growing season with a high potash fertiliser.
Hope this helpsAnswered on 2/5/2013 by Georgina from Crocus
Q:Will Magnolias survive really cold winters
Thank you for the information on Magnolias. However, we live 1000 ft above sea level in Mid-Wales and had temperatures in January 2010 down to Minus 16C. Can I really grow Magnolias in our situation? MargaretAsked on 14/4/2010 by DerekandMaggie Parker
A:Hello Margaret, The Magnolias we sell are fully hardy in most areas of the UK, however the best indication of what will grow in your area is to see what is already there. Alternatively if you really get blasted by wind or freezing temperatures and you want plants that usually won't tolerate these conditions, then perhaps you need to create a shelterbelt, which will produce a microclimate. I'm sorry not to be more help. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 15/4/2010 by Crocus Helpdesk
Hi, I have just taken delivery of a Magnolia (Star Magnolia). At the moment it is outside, in the bottom half of the box. I have just checked on your website and it says it is best to plant in April. What should I do with it in the mean time, and how do I care for it? Regards LauraAsked on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed
A:Hello Laura, These are fully hardy so, although the optimum time for planting is spring or autumn, they can be planted out at any time of the year as long as the ground is not frozen. Therefore I would recommend you get it into the ground as soon as you can. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 10/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
A:Hello Helen Thank you for your help - I will do as you suggest. LauraAnswered on 10/12/2009 by Laura Steed
Q:Specimen Ceanothus or another large bushy shrub....
Good afternoon, When I was first looking for a Ceanothus to replace the one we have in our front garden, I looked on your website, but you only had small ones. Our once lovely Ceanothus has been pruned out of all recognition again this year, as I planted it a bit too near our boundary when it was a baby. I know it may come back, but it is getting ridiculous as every time it grows back it has to be cut back again severely and then ooks a mess for most of the year. Have you got a nice, tall, bushy Ceanothus to replace it? I love my Ceanothus but perhaps if you don't have a big one, do you have another large, flowering shrub as an alternative? Hope you can help Regards MargaretAsked on 5/12/2009 by D DRAKETT
A:Hello Margaret, it is rare to find larger sized Ceanothus as they are usually quite short-lived and don't normally live longer than 6 - 8 years. We do have a selection of larger shrubs on our site like Hamamelis, Hydrangeas, Magnolias, Acer, Cornus, Cotinus, Philadelphus, Syringa and Viburnum, so you may find something of interest. They will be listed in this section. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/ I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 8/12/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Magnolia tree pruning
Greetings, We have a very mature Magnolia tree which grows from five thick stems (6 inches across) from ground level. The canopy starts from 4 feet and it has grown now 20 feet. It flowers well and often has a second flowering in September. It is a well known tree in our rural area. Can I prune the tree down to six feet in height with the hope it will send up sapling growth and then I would be able to control the height from ground level as now owing to heath problems I am not allowed to use step ladders. In anticipation --much appreciation.Asked on 20/9/2009 by Dick Brown
A:Hello There, It can be risky, but many Magnolias will slowly recover from being cut back hard, although it will take a few years to regain its composure. If you have a spring flowering type, then the best time to tackle this is in mid summer after the flowers have faded. It is important that you do not prune them from late winter to summer as they are prone to 'bleeding'. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 21/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Choosing the right plant
Hello, I'm trying to find a suitable plant for my back garden, its south facing and its a clay soil. We live in a new build house so are overlooked. The plants are for at the bottom of the garden away from the house so we want plants that will give us privacy. I have been looking on your website but can't choose what to have. I am thinking that a Magnolia would be nice but I am not sure which one to choose. As I have no other plants in my garden, this will be the focal point for a while! Any help would be appreciated. Thanks SamanthaAsked on 14/9/2009 by Samantha Walsh
A:Hello Samantha, I love all the Magnolias, but the ones with the cup-shaped flowers are my favourite. Magnolia Susan is relatively compact and has lovely dark coloured flowers - just click on the following link to go straight to it.
http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/shrubs/magnolia-susan/classid.4143/ If your soil is not strongly acidic or alkaline (you can check this with a simple test kit which we sell) then I would check the information on our site and pick one of the Magnolias that you like the look of best. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 14/9/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Pruning the dark flowering variety of Magnolia bush
Hello Crocus, I am making enquiries for a friend who has a Magnolia, as stated in the subject line its bush type with dark flowers and would like to know how to prune it. It's got a wide girth and started to spread over the path. I have not seen it myself and I only know of the tree with white/pinkish flowers. Hoping you can advise and thank you for time and trouble. Kind Regards, AlbertAsked on 17/8/2009 by Albert Holmes
A:Hello Albert, These plants really don't require any pruning, apart from removing wayward or crossing branches in late winter or early spring. I hope this helps. Helen Plant DoctorAnswered on 17/8/2009 by Crocus Helpdesk
Q:Size of your Magnolias please?
I'm thinking of buying a magnolia from you and would like to know roughly how tall it would be when delivered. Your site provides the final size but not the size on delivery, only the pot size.Asked on 26/3/2007 by GallagherGH@aol.com
A:It will really depend on the variety as some are naturally more vigorous than others, but as a very general rule, the 3 litre Magnolias are approximately 25 - 30cm in height, while the 5 litre Magnolias will be roughly 50 - 80cm tall.Answered on 27/3/2007 by Crocus
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