• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    Mid-winter through spring
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:my-KEE-lee-a CHAM-pac-a
    Plant type:Tree
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:16 - 24
    Growth habit:Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid-winter through spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasBig and evergreen, this is a perfect free-blooming accent tree with a bonus of fragrance. Plant in the front yard or entry court to welcome guests with fragrant shade. Perfect for disguising safety fences surrounding a swimming pool or spa. A reliable semitropical foundation plant for the backyard. Creates an excellent hedge for screening along a fence. Size and density is also good for absorbing adjacent noise from streets or schools.
    Companion PlantsCombine Champaca into a low-maintenance, dense tropical shrub border with Red DragonTM Tropical Hibiscus (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'Mongon'), the bronze-tinted Monterey Bay Brush Cherry (Eugenia myrtifolia 'Monterey Bay'), and the bright fruit of Fancy Natal Plum (Carissa macrocarpa 'Fancy'). For unique contrast, use Weeping Bottlebrush (Callistemon viminalis 'Red Cascade') and the exotic foliage of Cut-Leaf Philodendron (Philodendron selloum). Top it all off with the climbing Crimson Passionflower (Passiflora vitifolia).
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This plant falls into a genus of about 45 Asian trees and shrubs that are closely related to the genus Magnolia. It was classified in the 18th century and named for Florentine botanist, Peter A. Michel (1679-1737). This is a native of the Himalayan regions of northern India and southern China where it is commonly called fragrant champaca.
    Lore:
    According to Tibetan beliefs, the Buddha of the next era will find enlightenment under the white flower canopy of the champaca tree.