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Michelia figo = fuscata

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Description

Lovely evergreen shrub in the Magnolia family. It is drought tolerant and can be severely pruned. Copius, very fragrant banana scent flowers appear in summer. It needs a warm protected place for flowering in zone 8 only.. Slightly salt tolerant.

 

 

Cultivars:
  • 'Coco'
  • 'Port Wine'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#salt tolerant#deer resistant
Cultivars:
  • 'Coco'
  • 'Port Wine'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#salt tolerant#deer resistant
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Michelia
    Species:
    figo
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Country Or Region Of Origin:
    China
    Distribution:
    SE USA
    Wildlife Value:
    Deer resistant
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 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
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    NC Region:
    Coastal
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9b
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Brown/Copper
    Green
    Pink
    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:
    0.5-1 in. yellowish green, purple-tinged cup-shaped flowers in late spring; covered with rusty brown pubescence; very fragrant
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Waxy
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Alternate, simple, lustrous, dark green leaves; 1.5-4 in. long; become yellowish green in winter
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Coastal
    Pool/Hardscape
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Foundation Planting
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Salt