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Michelia Champaca

Orange Champaca



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Michelia Champaca (Orange Champaca) resembles the White Champaca. Additionally, it grows 25 to 40 feet in height. Furthermore, it has an upright rounded to tapered crown. Also, the bark is gray or grayish-white and is smooth to light furrowed. Moreover, the bright green wavy-edge leaves are glossy, elliptical, evergreen, and up to 14 inches long.

Additionally, The aromatic star-shaped flowers are borne at the branches’ end. The flowers are white to yellow-orange, narrow petaled, and about 2.5 inches long. The sweet-smelling oil of the flowers has a common use in the perfume industry.

Finally, the brown fruits are borne in clusters along an oblong stalk and  contain scarlet or brown seeds; which have an aril that attracts birds. Also, it propagates through  seeds or cuttings. Also, the dark wood is soft, even-grain, and has an olive color. The wood is good for furniture and construction. The leaves and fruits have medicinal uses. In cultivation, Michelia Champaca (Orange Champaca) prefers moist,  well-drained good quality soils. Bear in mind that because of soil porosity, trees may require supplementary watering, along with fertilizer application to provide the nutrients the soil cannot retain.

In landscaping, this showy flowering, fragrant evergreen is recommended for shaded gardens; and as an accent tree in parks, courtyards, large planters, or conservatories.

Additional information

Common Name

Orange Champaca

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native


Himalayas, India & China

Flowering Season


Salt Tolerance

Low Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Bright Shade

Flower Color

White (Cream)


Wide Canopy

Plant Type



25 gal., 45 gal., 65 gal., 100 gal., 200 gal., 300 gal.