SelecTree: Tree Detail
Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA, Balboa Park - San Diego, CA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA and Strybing Arboretum - San Francisco, CA and UC Santa Cruz Arboretum - Santa Cruz, CA
Utility friendly tree.
Needs ample water. Flowers have a pleasant banana fragrance.
Has fragrant Flower.
Native to China.
Has Evergreen foliage.
Height: 10 - 20 feet.
Width: 5 - 11 feet.
Growth Rate: 12 Inches per Year.
Longevity 50 to 150 years.
Leaves Ovate, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.
Flowers Showy. Fragrant Cream, Maroon or Yellow. Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).
Brown Capsule, Small (0.25 - 0.50 inches), fruiting in Summer or Fall.
Bark Dark Brown, Smooth.
Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.
Litter Issue is Flowers and Dry Fruit.
Tree Site Conditions & Constraints
Sunset Zones 9 and 14 - 24; H1, H2.
USDA Hardiness Zones 9.
Exposure Partial Shade.
Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.
Highly Acidic to Slightly Alkaline Soil pH.
Seaside Tolerance is Good to Medium in Mild Zone.
Pests & Disease Information
Susceptible to Chlorosis.
Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns
Branch Strength Rated as Medium.
Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.
None Known Health Hazard.
Not Deer Palatable.
Special Uses & Values
Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Michelia figo Tree Record." 1995-2018. Apr 20, 2018.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/michelia-figo >
SelecTree Nursery Connection Map
Cal Poly / ESRI