SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: LA County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Flowers are used to make some of the most expensive perfume in the world.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to China and Western Himalayas.
Additional Common Names
Fragrant Himalayan Champaca, Fragrant Champaca, Yellow Champaca, Joy Perfume Tree, Yellow Jade Orchid Tree, Golden Champaca
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Oval or Rounded Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 25 feet.
Width: 10 - 25 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Leaves Ovate to Elliptic, Glossy Light Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Yellow. Flowers in Winter, Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Red or Mostly Green Follicle, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Light Gray to Green to Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 16 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 10 - 11.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Slightly Acidic Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Armillaria.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Magnolia champaca Tree Record." 1995-2019. Apr 19, 2019.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/magnolia-champaca >