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Fragrant Himalayan Champaca

Michelia champaca

An excellent ornamental tree that produces an abundance of extremely fragrant yellow flowers over a long season, from the middle of winter and throughout spring, nestled between handsome, large, lush, glossy, bright green leaves. Matures to a bold, broad, upright form. A handsome specimen for lawn or garden. Evergreen.
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Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.


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Botanical Pronunciationmy-KEE-lee-a CHAM-pac-a
LoreAccording to Tibetan beliefs, the Buddha of the next era will find enlightenment under the white flower canopy of the champaca tree.
Average Size at MaturitySlow growing; reaches 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMid-Winter through Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorYellow
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitRounded
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseBorder
Light NeedsFull sun
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater when top 2 inches of soil is dry.
Companion PlantsLantana (Lantana); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Coneflower (Echinacea); Verbena (Verbena); Salvia (Salvia)

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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