Michelia x Alba (White Champaca)

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Michelia x Alba (White Champaca) is a natural or artificial hybrid between Magnolia Champaca and m. Montana. It is not common in the wild and possibly originated in Thailand. The tree is large, and reaches a height of 80 feet, but is often much smaller. It has an erect, moderate to dense crown with an oval or rounded shape. Also, the crown may be as wide as the tree is tall. Typically it has a light gray to green, smooth bark. Moreover, the leaves are light green, glossy, evergreen, oval or round-shape, and up to 14 inches long.

Furthermore, the flowers are white, showy and fragrant. The star-shaped flowers have narrow petals borne at branch ends. The blooms are short-lived but quickly replaced keeping the tree in flower all year. Flowers attract insects. The fruit is a dry, hard, red to green capsule, 1/2 – 1 1/2 inches long. The leaves and flowers contain an essential oil used in perfume; flowers are also used to make a tea and medicine. The parent trees are harvested for timber. Propagation is by cuttings. Michelia x Alba (White Champaca) prefers well-drained soils with regular watering. In landscaping, this tree is an excellent showy accent or specimen tree, and does well in large containers; it is ideal for a fragrance garden.

Additional information

Common Name

White Champaca

Florida Native

No, Not FL Native

Origin

Hybrid

Flowering Season

All Year

Salt Tolerance

High Salt Tolerance

Drought Tolerance

Low to Moderate Drought Tolerance

Growth Rate

Fast Growth Rate

Light Requirements

Bright Shade

Flower Color

White

Shape

Wide Canopy

Plant Type

Evergreen

Gallons

25 gal., 25 gal. bush, 50 gal., 50 gal. bush, 65 gal., 65 gal. bush, 100 gal., 100 gal . bush, 200 gal., 200 gal. bush, 300 gal., 300 gal. bush

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