Magnolia Black Tulip™ Magnoliaceae
Black Tulip Magnolia mag-NO-li-a
- Broadleaf deciduous tree, slender, multi-branched to 15 to 20 ft (4.5-6 m) tall and 6 to 10 ft (1.8-3 m)
wide. Medium green leaves 15 by 10 cm Flowers are a deep burgundy, tulip shape, 15 cm
across, appear before the leaves. Reportedly young trees may produce paler flowers.
- Sun to light shade.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 5 Black Tulip™ is a Jury Hybrid [Tikorangi The Jury Garden, New Zealand]
and is sometimes listed as a selection of Magnolia x soulangiana, but its background is more complex
than that. It is the result of a cross, made by Mark Jury, of 'Vulcan' as the seed parent and
possibly 'Iolanthe' as the pollen parent (Gardiner, 2000). The background of these parents
includes a number of Magnolia species. The Tikorangi website states that if you line up
a Black Tulip™ flower beside a good 'Vulcan' flower, there is not much difference in color.
What makes Black Tulip™ appear so dark on the tree is that the petals (or, more correctly, tepals) are
so thick that no light can shine through. The cultivar name of Black Tulip™ is 'Jurmag1'.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: two in front of Weatherford Hall, planted 2008