• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Average Landscape Size
    Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Key Feature
    Fragrant
    Blooms:
    Flowering Time
    All season, heaviest in spring
    Landscape Uses:
    Landscape Uses
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:my-KEE-lee-a FEE-go
    Plant type:Shrub
    Deciduous/evergreen:Evergreen
    Sunset climate zones:6, 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Round
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:All season, heaviest in spring
    Flower color:Yellow
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleMediterranean, Tropical
    Design IdeasIts scent rivals the highly fragrant Plumeria used in Hawaiian leis. What this shrub lacks in bright color it fully compensates for in heady fragrance. This is a big and bushy foundation plant that will grow along fence lines. Create a hedge of them for privacy and their perfume will fill the whole area. Plant near windows and doors, where its fragrance will waft indoors. A choice selection for around swimming pools and fountains.
    Companion PlantsBlend this Michelia with lots of other big and beautiful semitropical plants such as Bronze New Zealand Flax (Phormium tenax 'Atropurpureum Compactum'), Giant Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai) and Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica). Then add lots of Confetti Spreading Lantana (Lantana x 'Confetti') for color and a few potent dashes of Oo-La-LaTM Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea 'Monka').
  • Care
    Care Information
    Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.Pruning time: winter.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Partial Sun
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    History:
    This shrub was introduced to America in the 1700s where it became a classic evergreen of the South. This plant's genus includes about 45 Asian trees and shrubs closely related to the genus Magnolia. It was named after the Florentine botanist Peter A. Michel 1679-1737. The trees are native to a large range of western China. .
    Lore:
    The fragrance of its flowers resembling the scent of bananas led to its common name, banana shrub. Be aware that NO part of the plant is edible.