SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA, San Luis Obispo, CA and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum - Santa Cruz, CA
Needs ample water. Variable form. Can grow much taller in its native habitat.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to China and Western Himalayas.
Erect or Spreading with a Low Canopy.
Conical or Oval Shape.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 25 - 35 feet.
Width: 15 - 20 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Oblong to Ovate, Dark Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Cream, Green or White. Flowers in Spring or Winter. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Red or Mostly Green Capsule, Medium (0.50 - 1.50 inches), fruiting in Summer.
Bark Dark Gray, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Moderate to Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 14 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9.
Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.
Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.
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. "Michelia doltsopa Tree Record." 1995-2018. Jul 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/michelia-doltsopa >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI