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O'Neill Lily Magnolia*

Magnolia liliiflora 'O'Neill'

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O'Neill Lily Magnolia (Magnolia liliiflora 'O'Neill') at Alsip Home and Nursery

O'Neill Lily Magnolia flowers

O'Neill Lily Magnolia flowers

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  10 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Description:

A choice garden shrub for showy spring bloom, featuring rich purple flowers with very dark reddish-purple tepals, puts on quite a long flowering performance, flowers well when young; makes a nice compact shrub the rest of the year

Ornamental Features

O'Neill Lily Magnolia is blanketed in stunning fragrant purple cup-shaped flowers with a deep purple reverse at the ends of the branches from early to mid spring before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The large pointy leaves do not develop any appreciable fall color. The fruit is not ornamentally significant.

Landscape Attributes

O'Neill Lily Magnolia is a multi-stemmed deciduous shrub with a more or less rounded form. Its relatively coarse texture can be used to stand it apart from other landscape plants with finer foliage.

This is a relatively low maintenance shrub, and should only be pruned after flowering to avoid removing any of the current season's flowers. Deer don't particularly care for this plant and will usually leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. It has no significant negative characteristics.

O'Neill Lily Magnolia is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Mass Planting
  • Hedges/Screening
  • General Garden Use

Planting & Growing

O'Neill Lily Magnolia will grow to be about 10 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This shrub does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. It is quite intolerant of urban pollution, therefore inner city or urban streetside plantings are best avoided. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.

 

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Accent  Massing  Screening  Garden 
Applications
Flowers  Texture 
Ornamental Features