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PlantFiles: Magnolia
Magnolia 'Black Tulip'

Family: Magnoliaceae
Genus: Magnolia (mag-NO-lee-a) (Info)
Cultivar: Black Tulip
Additional cultivar information: (aka JURmag1)
Hybridized by Jury; Year of Registration or Introduction: 2003

2 members have or want this plant for trade.


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 2a: to -45.5 C (-50 F)
USDA Zone 2b: to -42.7 C (-45 F)
USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
Maroon (Purple-Brown)

Bloom Time:
Late Spring/Early Summer
Mid Summer


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)
7.6 to 7.8 (mildly alkaline)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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2 positives
3 neutrals
1 negative

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral Joan On Mar 21, 2015, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

A patent application was filed on Jan 3, 2003, but a patent was never issued.

Positive Jcmeinster On Mar 7, 2014, Jcmeinster from Conroe, TX wrote:

I have this little tree .( It was already trained as a tree)
I plan on keep it potted for at least 1 more season or after next season blooms before it leaf out .
I bought it in a 10 or 12 gallon size , repot it in a 20 gallon using a soil mix of 2 parts potting soil .
2 parts leaf mold .
3/4 parts sand.
1/4 part perlite .
I made few cuts on the root ball to loosen the soil just a bit . I'd repot while tree was dormant , to finally dress with an inch of compost mix with organic fertilizer and 1 or 2 inches of mulch and it seems to be happy .
It usually blooms about mid Frebury to early March in my zone , I used a bloom booster to try to have more blooms this year which seems to be a success from last year couple blooms this year I was rewarded with about 14 blooms on a 5 foot tall by 3 foot wide small tree . Blooms can be kill by freezing rain as it happened with last blooms on my tree, while in bud it took snow , sleet and freezing rain with no damage at all, unusual weather conditions for my area .(harsh winter 2013/2014).
About light conditions , where this pot was located receive dapple shade from 10:00 to 2 :00 , full sun at hottest part of the day for like 3 hours till afternoons dapple shade from woods edge from 5:00 till sunset .( make sure to keep soil moist , water every other day when temperatures reach high 90's at steaming 90 to 100 humidity ). That Texas Heat !
Plant as today was relocated to a well deserved front yard spot where it'll get 7:15 to 10:30 morning sun to dapple shade till 3:00 and full sun till the house finally cast it's shadows on the perennial bed where this pot is located , which usually happens in hot summer days about 5:30 PM.
The blooms are just like the ones in the pictures , a bit darker in color before they mature and fade .

Positive baiissatva On May 21, 2013, baiissatva from Dunedin
New Zealand wrote:

Zone 9b, Coastal Otago, New Zealand.
This is the NZ Jury hybrid, a small-medium tree with intensely wine coloured upright goblet-style sweetly scented blooms. Here it blooms in very early spring, and is in full swing as I write, mid September. This has got to be one of the outstanding dark hybrids of the last 20 years, serving as parent stock to many new varieties, down here at least, and if you grow it, youll know why. Mine has gone from half a metre to a good three in around 5 years, in indifferent conditions with no special treatment. Has flowered from year one.

It is reliably covered in thick, suede-y wine pink blooms that are highly fragrant, followed by pleasingly tough and shiny leaves. It has a sturdy upright form, a mini-tree rather than a shrub, and I cant recommend it highly enough. If you only have room for one smaller mag, this has got to be a contender- I cant say a bad word about it. Im also growing the variety 'Shirazz', it looks another beauty with more open flowers with a whiter margin to the petals.

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Negative NRez On Jul 9, 2012, NRez from Austin, TX wrote:

I bought this tree about 3 months ago and it has been slowly declining since. It looks like it is getting too much sun or not enough water, which shouldn't be the case since it is on a well-drained sprinkler system and gets only about 4 hours of afternoon sun a day.

I'm baffled.

Neutral RichGardner On May 2, 2010, RichGardner from Richardson, TX wrote:

Monrovia has recently put out a Black Tulip - Magnolia x soulangiana 'Jurmag1'. The Plant Patent has been applied for. Unknown if this is the same plant.

From the Monrovia tag:
- Rich, deep burgundy 6 inch blooms with a unique tulip shape and a heavy texture.
- Flowering in early spring
- Slender multi branched tree to 20ft tall by 10ft wide
- Cold zone 5 - 9, mininum temp -10 degrees F
- Weekly watering, more in extreme heat
- Full sun (which I question in the Southern heat)

I have not yet planted it, but will update as it grows!

Neutral jqpublic On Apr 16, 2008, jqpublic from Cary, NC (Zone 7b) wrote:

I have this tree. Still quite small. Bought it Fall 2006. In the Spring of 2007 we had a terrible freeze so all the leaves died and the flowers all died as well. The leaves did resprout from auxiliary buds, but we didn't get any more flowers that year. This year it has been doing well and the tree although quite columnar is starting to spread out slightly! Hopefully in the next few years it'll really spread out and grow more buds and flowers. So far i am quite pleased!


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

American Canyon, California
Bear Valley Springs, California
Montara, California
Raleigh, North Carolina (2 reports)
Shoreline, Washington

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