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Michelia figo = fuscata

Common Name(s):
Banana shrub
Cultivar(s):
Port Wine, Coco
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; can be severely pruned; specimen plant for coastal NC as it is slightly salt tolerant; fragrant flowers. This plant is resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
6-10 ft.
Foliage:
Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; become yellowish green in winter
Flower:
0.5-1 in. yellowish green, purple-tinged cup-shaped flowers in late spring; covered with rusty brown pubescence; very fragrant
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; well-drained, acidic, sandy soil enriched with organic matter
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Dense, upright oval to rounded habit
Width:
6-8 ft.
Tags:
salt tolerant, fragrant, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1672

Michelia figo Michelia figo growth habit
Photo by Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Michelia figo Michelia figo in bloom
Photo by Tatiana Gerus, CC-BY-SA-2.0
Michelia figo M. figo flower and bud
Photo by Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0