FAMILY : Magnoliaceae
ORIGIN : Southeast Asia
TYPE/USES : medium to large tree
SIZE : 20'-25'
GROWTH RATE : fast
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS : full/partial sun
WATER REQUIREMENTS : average
MIN. TEMP. : low 30's
FLOWER : warmer months on mature trees
This tree is popular in Asia, but quite new to the American market. Michelia is related to Magnolia, but the flowers are not as big and pretty. They are just as heavily scented though.
This Michelia is where they got the "Joy" perfume from.
Michelias grow fast to provide shade. Trimming will be needed to keep it under control. It blooms heavy in the spring, you can trim it if necessary after the flowers are gone.
You may wonder what is the different between the alba and the M. champaca?
Besides the most obvious, color of the flower, there are a few differences. The M. champaca has velvety leaves while the M. alba does not. The fragrance of the flowers are also different. Both are very pleasant, strong fragrances. In our opinion, M. champaca has a floral scent. M. alba has a floral scent with a hint of fruity. Both are tropical trees that can get big if you let it and they require the same treatment and conditions. M. alba is often harder to find for sale than the M. champaca.
Plant pictured next to a soda can was a plant in a 6" size pot. All pictures are for reference purposes only and not of actual plants for sale.
This product was added to our catalog on Thursday 18 February, 2010.