The banana shrub is so called because of the distinctive, sweet banana scent of its flowers. These are formed within interesting fuzzy brown bracts that form a 1 in (2.5 cm) cigar-shaped bud. From these, small off-white flowers burst forth from late spring through summer. The blossoms are about 1.5 in (3.8 cm) in diameter with each of six waxy petals delicately outlined in dark red.
Banana shrub is an evergreen woody plant with multiple stems and much branching. Left to itself it assumes a rounded open form reaching 15 ft (4.6 m) in height and almost as wide. The oblong, glossy green leaves are 3-5 in (7.6-12.7 cm) long by 1-2 in (2.5-5.1 cm) high.
Choose a site where your shrub will be able to enjoy full sun to part shade. When they are planted in shade, they tend to become more open and spreading than those in full sun.
The best site for Michelia Figo is one that offers acidic soil with good drainage.
The banana shrub takes well to pruning and can be formed into hedges and standards.
Info source: www.floridata.com, treesandshrubs.about.com.
Genus - Magnolia Michelia
Species - Figo
Common name - Banana Shrub
Pre-Treatment - Not-required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 10
Height - 3 - 4 m
Spread - 3 - 4 m
Plant type - Shrub or tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full sun to Partial shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acid, neutral
Soil type - Rich well drained
Water requirements - Average, well drained
Landscape uses - It is cultivated as an ornamental plant in gardens for its fragrant flowers
Leaf / Flower color - Green / White to pink
|Germination||Scarify with file or sand paper or nick.<br /> Soak for 24 - 36 hours in warm water.<br /> Sow, barely cover seed, keep soil moist.<br /> Maintain temp of +26-+30C, use a heat mat. Germinates in 1-5 weeks.|