Words used to describe this close cousin of the Magnolia are "best ever flowering tree", "lots of bang behind the bloom" "top performer, under-rated".
Some members of the Michelia family such as Michelia figo (Port Wine Magnolia) are a little shy showing off their assets and therefore can be overlooked by the gardener. This would be a mistake. The flowers may be a little hidden by the foliage but when you go out into the garden in early evening the delightful fragrance will definitely lead you by the nose.
Michelias offer glossy evergreen foliage that doesn';t mind being cliped into whatever shape you like, quantity of blooms to rival many garden plants, intense fragrance and a neat and tidy habit. Michelias can be used for topiary and hedging and they grow very hapily in a container.
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The ideal conditions for a hapy healthy plant are rich, well drained soil, morning sun to part shade and a nice blanket of mulch around the roots in summer. Michelia figo doesn';t like heavy frosts when young. In saying all that, my experience is that they are tolerant and adaptable plants and will thrive without too much fuss and attention though they won';t thank you if they dry out during summer. They are seldom attacked by pests or diseases. Michelias take 2-3 years to reach their full potential and after that you will be amazed at the quantity of flowers and growth.
Recent introductions from China are proving to do well in New Zealand conditions. Look for Michelia yunnanensis (originates from the Yunnan province in China) and Michelia maudiae. Both have delightful furry brown buds that open to small creamy white flowers with a wonderful fragrance reminiscent of Freesias. Michelia "Bubbles" and "Mixed Up Miss" (bred in NZ) have larger foliage and flowers than other Michelias and are well worth considering as a small specimen tree.
Talk to us about the best Michelia for your garden and we "nose" you won't be disapointed with the performance of these lovely evergreen shrubs and trees.
Bred by in NZ by Mark Jury. A beautiful, easy to grow Michelia with dainty spring flowers which are delightfully fragrant and coloured an unusual lilac pink. The dark green foliage always looks good and is disease resistant. Happy in the sun or part shade. Evergreen.
I put 6 of these in my front garden a year ago and they have done remarkably well and seem quite robust. I intend to trim them up to make a standard shape but they do equally well left as a bush or used as a hedge.
Colour: White / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2m
Bred in NZ by Mark Jury this beautiful small tree is easy to grow in sun or part shade. Pure cream flowers with a wonderful fresh fragrance appear for a long period during spring. Bright green fresh foliage looks good all year round. Can be clipped too if you wish to use for hedging. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2m
Bred in NZ by Mark Jury this beautiful small tree is easy to grow in sun or part shade. Pure white, fragrant flowers open from velvet brown buds in winter. Fresh foliage looks good all year round. Prefers acid soil. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: White Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3.5m x 2m
This relatively new introduction will quickly become a "must have". Long leathery grey green leaves are off set with gorgeous, snowy white, tapered blooms in late winter early spring. The blooms are deliciously fragrant with a spicy and fruity scent. Yes it's a 10! Evergreen. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 6m x 6m
Bred in NZ this fabulous evergreen tree has glossy foliage, velvet buds, beautiful cream flowers with a pink blush and a gentle fragrance. What more could you want? Plant in sun or semi-shade in a sheltered position. Evergreen. Est.10yr.growth.
Colour: White / Pink Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
Coco is part of the M figo family with larger blossoms and more prolific flowering. Grows to 3 m good for a large pot that can be wheeled out once in full bloom so its fragrance fills the air. The fragrance is stronger than Figo. Ideal for screens and hedge with full sunshine or shade.
Port Wine Magnolia. The dark wine-red blooms of this adaptable evergreen shrub are a little shy, hiding amongst the glossy green foliage. You'll definitely know they're there when you become intoxicated by the powerful fruity fragrance. Plant in sun or part shade with acid soil for best results.
A top choice for a well-behaved and fragrant hedge.
Colour: Red / Red Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m
Here's something completely different and special for the Michelia (Magnolia) family an evergreen low spreading ground-cover! Attractive glossy green foliage and sweetly scented cream blooms in spring-summer. Easy to grow in sun or part shade and oh so attractive. Evergreen. PVR.
Colour: Cream Habit: Spreading Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 40cm x 200cm
A relatively new introduction which is sure to be a winner amongst the gardening fraternity. Glossy leathery rounded foliage which always looks neat and tidy. Fuzzy brown flower buds which open to beautifully scented cream flowers in early spring. Will grow well in a container. Evergreen.
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 4m x 3m
An upright grower with a dense habit, Inspiration adds a vertical effect for those tight areas in your landscape. Sweetly scented porcelain-like flowers bloom in spring - Not as tall as the species, reaching approx 3m at maturity. Evergreen. PVR
Colour: Cream Habit: Upright Est. Hgt. 7/10 yrs: 3.5cm x 2.5cm