Excellent ornamental tree displays an abundance of extremely fragrant white flowers over a long season. Matures to a bold, broad form. Terrific specimen for yard or garden. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
This great white flowering shrub is primarily used as a natural hedge or screen. Large enough to block out views of unsightly adjacent land uses and even cloak unsavory odors with its fragrant flowers. Works well in sideyards to divide multistory homes with foliage. May even have some sound attenuation benefits when used streetside to mitigate taffic noise. It also serves as excellent evergreen background for large garden features such as a palapa or gazebo.
Group this shrub with big bold tropicals such as Flamenco Flame Double Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'MonHope'), Strawberry Lemonade Variegated Mandevilla, (Mandevilla sanderi 'MonProud'), Sunny Daze Paraguay Nightshade, (Solanum rantonnetti 'MonRita') and Abyssinian Banana, (Ensete ventricosum).
This plant is grouped into a genus of about 45 Asian trees and shrubs that are closely related to the genus Magnolia. It was named after the Italian botanist Peter A. Michel, 1679-1737. This species is native to the Himalayan regions of northern India and southern China. There it is commonly called "fragrant" champaca because its scented flowers are legendary and harvested for the perfume industry.
In India the champaca flowers are a valuable crop grown for the perfume industry.