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Magnolia figo is often confused with:
Magnolia x soulangiana Magnolia x soulangiana
Native alternative(s) for Magnolia figo:
Magnolia stellata Magnolia stellata
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Osmanthus x fortunei Osmanthus x fortunei in the fall in Moore County
Viburnum tinus Viburnum tinus
Lonicera sempervirens Lonicera sempervirens

Magnolia figo

Common Name(s):

Previously known as:

  • Michelia figo
Phonetic Spelling
mag-NO-lee-ah FEE-go
Description

This lovely evergreen shrub in the Magnolia family grows up to 15' tall and is upright oval to rounded. This plant blooms in mid to late spring and has fragrant flowers that smell like ripe cantaloupe or banana. Some cultivars have up to 4" flowers. This plant must be planted in a protected location. It tolerates full sun (turns yellow-green in winter), and prefers well-drained, fertile, acidic, sandy loam in organic matter and sitting in partial shade. It grows in USDA zones 7-10, but does best in zones 8-10. This plant can be severely pruned and is slightly salt tolerant. This plant has no significant pest or disease problems.

Quick ID Hints:

  • Brown pubescence under leaves and on buds
  • Cup-shaped, ivory flower smells like ripe bananas
  • Evergreen shrub with magnolia-like leaves
  • Axillary flower buds at 30 degrees to stem

 

 

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coco'
  • 'Port Wine'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#full sun#partial shade#purple flowers#green flowers#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#well-drained soil#deer resistant#cream flower#spring interest#fantz
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Coco'
  • 'Port Wine'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#full sun#partial shade#purple flowers#green flowers#yellow flowers#salt tolerant#well-drained soil#deer resistant#cream flower#spring interest#fantz
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Magnolia
    Species:
    figo
    Family:
    Magnoliaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    South East China and Korea
    Distribution:
    SE USA
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 15 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 8 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Mounding
    Oval
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Texture:
    High Organic Matter
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b, 10a, 10b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Cream/Tan
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Head
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Summer
    Flower Shape:
    Cup
    Flower Petals:
    6 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are cream colored and tinged with purple or green or yellow. They are fragrant, cupulate, axillary, up to 1 1/2" in size, and have erect tepals (6-9). Buds emerge at a 30 degree angle to the stem. They bloom in the late spring and are covered in rusty brown pubescence.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Waxy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Oblanceolate
    Obovate
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    Yes
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are alternate, simple, oval to obovate to oblanceolate, acute, cuneate, entire, and brown pubescent below. The leaves have a lustrous dark green color and become yellowish green in the winter. They grow between 1.5-4" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Gray/Silver
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Pith (Split Longitudinally):
    Chambered
    Stem Surface:
    Hairy (pubescent)
    Stem Description:
    Stems are green, pubescent, and turn gray/brown and glabrous. Pith is white and chambered.
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pool/Hardscape
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt