• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly; allow soil surface to dry slightly between intervals.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Winter Flowers
    Blooms:
    Mid-Winter through Spring
    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 growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Year-round Interest
    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 PlantsLantana (Lantana); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea); Verbena (Verbena); Salvia (Salvia)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide deep, organically rich, slightly acidic, well-drained, loamy soil. Thrives in temperate coastal regions and warm, frost-free regions with regular moisture. Water deeply, regularly during the first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Fertilize regularly during growing season.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly; allow soil surface to dry slightly between intervals.
  • 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.

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