• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    Fragrant Winter Flowers
    Mid-Winter through Spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:my-KEE-lee-a CHAM-pac-a
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth rate:Slow
    Average landscape size:Slow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
    Special features:Easy Care
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Mid-Winter through Spring
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant, Showy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen, Tropical
    Design IdeasThis great white flowering shrub is primarily used as a natural hedge or screen. Large enough to block out views of unsightly adjacent land uses and even cloak unsavory odors with its fragrant flowers. Works well in sideyards to divide multistory homes with foliage. May even have some sound attenuation benefits when used streetside to mitigate taffic noise. It also serves as excellent evergreen background for large garden features such as a palapa or gazebo.
    Companion PlantsGroup this shrub with big bold tropicals such as Flamenco Flame Double Hibiscus, (Hibiscus rosa-sinensis 'MonHope'), Strawberry Lemonade Variegated Mandevilla, (Mandevilla sanderi 'MonProud'), Sunny Daze Paraguay Nightshade, (Solanum rantonnetti 'MonRita') and Abyssinian Banana, (Ensete ventricosum).
  • 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.
    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
    This plant is grouped into a genus of about 45 Asian trees and shrubs that are closely related to the genus Magnolia. It was named after the Italian botanist Peter A. Michel, 1679-1737. This species is native to the Himalayan regions of northern India and southern China. There it is commonly called "fragrant" champaca because its scented flowers are legendary and harvested for the perfume industry.
    In India the champaca flowers are a valuable crop grown for the perfume industry.


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