White Fragrant Himalayan Champaca
Michelia champaca 'Alba'
|Description||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.|
|Watering||Water when top 2 inches of soil is dry.|
|Blooms||Mid-Winter through Spring|
|Mature Size||Slow grower to 25 to 30 ft. tall and wide.|
|Special Features||Easy Care|
|Flower Attributes||Fragrant, Showy Flowers|
|Design Ideas||This 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 Plants||Group 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||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.|
|Lore||In India the champaca flowers are a valuable crop grown for the perfume industry.|
This Plant's Growing Zones: 10-11
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