The lily magnolia is one of the smaller species, growing as a shrub or small tree. In early spring before the leaves open, this shrub puts out a huge flush of lightly perfumed reddish purple or pink flowers shaped like lilies. A favorite cultivar, 'Nigra', is renowned for deeply colored flowers. After flowering, dark green elliptical leaves appear. This species is a parent of the saucer magnolia.
Height: 8 to 12 feet
Sun Exposure: Full sun to part shade