MICHELIA figo

Commonly known as Banana shrub, Port wine magnolia

Small dark glossy green leaves and brownish-purple flowers which smell of pear drops
Further Reading....
  • Evergreen
    Elliptic-oblong to oval leaves 5-10cm (2-4in) long, lustrous, dark-green above, paler beneath.
  • Yellow
  • Height
    3-6m (10-20ft)
  • Spread
    1.5-3.5m (5-11ft)
  • Tall Shrub
    Rounded, bushy, freely branching shrub with downy, yellowish brown stems. Flowers have dark-red or maroon tepal margins
  • Half hardy - unheated greenhouse / mild winter
    Hardy in coastal and relatively mild parts of the UK except in severe winters and a risk from sudden (early) frosts. May be hardy elsewhere with wall shelter or good micro-climate. Likely to be damaged or killed in cold winters. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -5°C (23°F)
  • Full sun
    Shelter from strong, drying winds.
  • Partial shade

MICHELIA figo

 

 

  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Fragrance is said to resemble bananas, pear drops or vintage port.
    Pests & Diseases
    Scale insects, honey fungus, coral spot
    Place of origin
    China.
  • Flower Shape
    Cup-shaped
    To 3cm (1¼in) across.
  • Hardiness
    Frost hardy (down to -5)
  • Leaf margin
    Entire
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    Elliptic
    (see photos above)
    Oblong
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Scented Plants
    Scented flowers
  • Seasonal Interest
    Autumn
    Spring
    Summer
    Winter
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Humus-rich
    Neutral to acid soil
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3-6m (10-20ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  1.5-3.5m (5-11ft)
 

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