Magnolia Seeds - Liliiflora

(Magnolia liliiflora) Perennial. Zones 5-8.

Lily Magnolia is a magnificent focal point for any garden or backyard!

It features majestic, pink perfumed flowers, each with six or seven four inch long pink-purple petals with white inside. They are an absolute delight to the senses! It flowers in Spring and continues into the summer.

The Magnolia tree is one of the most ancient flowering trees known to mankind. Interestingly, Magnolias evolved before the bees, and can only be pollinated by beetles.

A smaller variety of the Magnolia species, the Lily Magnolia is a compact, rounded shrub that grows slowly to about ten feet. It needs space to grow to its full size, so don’t crowd it. The green oval leaves turn yellow-brown in Fall and produce reddish-brown cone-like fruits. The cones contain red kidney-shaped seeds that mature in late Fall.

Lily Magnolia is best grown in moist, fertile, slightly acidic, rich, well-drained loam in full sun to light shade. It is intolerant of poor soils, but so worth the fuss!


Cold Hardiness: Zones 5 - 8

Edible: Flowers & flower buds are edible.

SizeSmall Tree

Growth RateSlow - Medium

Nitrogen Fixer: No

Native Plant: No

Germination: 50 - 70%

Sun Requirements: Full Sun - Partial Shade

Soil Preference: Rich, moist but well draining soil. Can struggle with pollution in urban areas. Plant in a sheltered area, protected from Winter winds.



SEED PRETREATMENT: Soak seeds in water for 24 hours. Mix seeds with a moistened grow medium equal to 3-4 times seed volume. Place in a plastic bag, covered tray/cells or container.

STRATIFICATION: 120 days cold/moist (5°C). Place plastic bag with seeds and soil in your refrigerator, preferably in a veggie crisper. Inspect periodically for even moisture.

POST-STRATIFICATION: Sow stratified seeds 1/2” deep, ideally in a peat/perlite mix. Temperature of about 20°C is ideal for germination. Water evenly and regularly.

GERMINATION: When all previously mentioned requirements are fulfilled, germination generally occurs in 45-60 days.

How To Stratify Your Tree Seeds


Available direct from Incredible Seeds, a Canadian Heirloom and Heritage Seed Company, offering only the best natural, non-GMO, open pollinated and untreated seeds, located in Mi'kma'ki / Nova Scotia.

  • $8.99

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