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White Fragrant Himalayan Champaca

Michelia champaca 'Alba'

Excellent ornamental tree displays an abundance of extremely fragrant white flowers over a long season. Matures to a bold, broad form. Terrific specimen for yard or garden. Evergreen.
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Full sun

Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.


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Botanical Pronunciationmy-KEE-lee-a CHAM-pac-a
LoreIn India the champaca flowers are a valuable crop grown for the perfume industry.
Average Size at MaturitySlow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.
Bloom TimeMid-Winter through Spring
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.
Deciduous/ EvergreenEvergreen
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorWhite
Foliage ColorGreen
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Tropical
Growth HabitErect
Growth RateSlow
Landscape UseContainer
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsTree & Shrub Food
Special FeatureEasy Care
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsNeeds regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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).

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.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11

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