• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
    All season, heaviest in spring
    Landscape Uses:
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:my-KEE-lee-a FEE-go
    Plant type:Shrub
    Sunset climate zones:6, 9, 14 - 24
    Growth habit:Compact, Rounded
    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. Blend other big and beautiful semitropical plants such as bronze flax, bird of paradise, and Japanese aralia, and accent with colorful spreading lantana and bougainvillea.
    Companion PlantsNew Zealand Flax (Phormium); Giant Bird Of Paradise (Strelitzia nicolai); Japanese Aralia (Fatsia japonica); Lantana (Lantana hybrids); Bougainvillea (Bougainvillea)
  • 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:
    <strong>Partial Sun / Partial Shade</strong>: These two terms are often used interchangeably to mean 3-6 (or 4-6) hours of sunlight each day. However, there is a difference.
<strong>Partial shade</strong> typically means the plants will appreciate a more gentle exposure such as the weaker morning or early afternoon sun, with the emphasis on providing the minimum needed shade and sheltering from intense late afternoon sun. <strong>Partial sun</strong> typically means the plants <u>need</u> some direct sun, so the emphasis is on meeting the required minimum hours of sunlight, with filtered sunlight or shade the balance of the day.
Both are best with shelter from the harshest late afternoon sun. This shade could be provided by a structure, a wall, larger plants or  tree(s).
    Partial to full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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. .
    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.