An unusual, premium magnolia for a border or even a large patio container, Magnolia x brooklynensis 'Black Beauty' is slow growing yet produces many flowers - perfect for growing in small gardens.
A new introduction from the Brooklyn Botanic Gardens breeding program and not widely available, this is one of the darkest magnolias available to the home gardener.
Sumptuous dark purple, almost black, tulip-shaped blooms open to reveal a contrasting creamy white interior and a sublime perfume.
Blooming from late spring into early summer, Black Beauty avoids many damaging late frosts, so manages to keep its flowers pristine when other magnolias do not. An extremely hardy plant in general, surviving below -30C!
Easy to grow, this fully winter-hardy Magnolia makes an eye-catching focal point in smaller spaces, and its super-easy to look after.
Reaching just 1.8m (6ft) in 10 years, your Magnolia will be sent as a bare root bush and is ready for immediate planting - a cost-effective way to get your hands on this rare beauty. Please note that your tree is dormant and will not have any leaves until the spring.
Magnolias require little pruning other than to maintain their shape and remove damaged stems or crossing stems. Do this as soon as possible after flowering to keep the flower buds for the following year.
When planting, choose your site carefully as magnolias dislike being moved.
Magnolia plants establish quicker when their roots are shaded so apply a mulch of rotted bark chips, manure or garden compost after planting, taking care not to mound it around the stem of the plant.