Michelia figoItem #6153 USDA Hardiness Zone: 8 - 11
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Fragrant, creamy-yellow blooms shaded with purple have a banana-like scent. Compact densely branched shrub displays narrow, glossy leaves. Use near the front of borders, so fragrance can be enjoyed.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:my-KEE-lee-a FEE-goPlant type:ShrubDeciduous/evergreen:EvergreenSunset climate zones:6, 9, 14 - 24Growth habit:Compact, RoundGrowth rate:SlowAverage landscape size:Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.Foliage color:GreenBlooms:All season, heaviest in springFlower color:YellowDesign 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').
- CareCare InformationFollow 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:Partial to full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory: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.