This spring, Anthony Tesselaar Plants is introducing two magnificent new magnolias — one a luscious dark purple, the other a hot pink — to U.S. nurseries. Both were bred my master breeder Mark Jury of New Zealand.
Jury magnolias are known for their rapid growth and masses of large flowers that proliferate even on young trees. These hardy flowering trees are also said to be very disease resistant.
Magnolia ‘Black Tulip’ features purple-black flowers that are darker than other magnolias on the market. The goblet-shaped blooms are about 6 inches in diameter.
Fully mature ‘Black Tulip’ trees can grow to 25 feet high and 10 to 12 feet wide, with more than 150 blossoms on a single tree. The trees flower in early spring before the dark green leaves emerge.
Magnolia ‘Felix’ offers dinner-plate-sized hot pink flowers that can measure up to 12 inches in diameter.
The highly fragrant flowers appear in early spring and are followed by large light green leaves. The 8- to 10-inch-wide leaves are smooth on top and slightly fuzzy on the underside.
When mature, ‘Felix’ can reach a height of 40 feet and a width of 15 to 18 feet, with about 130 blossoms per season.
The trees can be purchased in 5-gallon pots with a suggested retail price of between $69 and $79 and in 7-gallon pots with a suggested retail price of between $119 and $129.
Hardy to USDA Zone 5, these magnolias like full sun and well-drained soil; avoid windy spots. No special care or pruning is needed.