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Banana Shrub
Also known as the Port Wine Magnolia, the Banana Shrub, Michelia figo, features flowers that smell just like a banana popsicle! More details below

Banana Shrub

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Banana Shrub
Michelia figo

Also known as the Port Wine Magnolia, the Banana Shrub, Michelia figo, features flowers that smell just like a banana popsicle! The 1" magnolia-like flowers are produced in abundance from late spring through summer. Left to grow naturally to its mature size, the Banana Shrub assumes a rounded open form reaching 15 feet in height and almost as wide. The oblong, glossy, evergreen, green leaves are attractive year round. Originally from China, banana shrub was introduced to United States in late 1700s and is one of the classic evergreen shrubs of the Old South.

The Banana Shrub prefers an acid, fertile, well drained soil with plenty of organic matter. It will grow well in either sun or shade, assuming a looser more open form when grown in shade. Though listed as hardy in USDA Zones 7-10 the plant may suffer some damage when severe winters occur in Zone 7. It is not particularly fast growing and can be pruned after blooming, but is most impressive when allowed to grow to natural size and shape. USDA Zones: 7a-11 Find Your Zone >

Plant Details & Attributes

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >
Plant Type:  Evergreen Flowering Shrub or Small Tree
Height at Maturity:  10-15'
Width at Maturity:  10-15'
Spacing:  8-10' for solid hedges; 20' for space between plants
Growth Habit / Form:  Broad, Bushy, Upright, Vase/Fountain Shape
Growth Rate:  Fast
Flower Color:  Butter Yellow
Flower Size:  1"
Flowering Period:  Late Spring through Summer
Flower Type:  Single
Fragrant Flowers:  Yes, smells just like a banana popsicle!
Foliage Color:  Dark Green
Fragrant Foliage:  No
Berries:  No
Berry Color:  NA
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Morning Sun with Dappled or Afternoon Shade, All Day Filtered Sun, Morning Shade with Evening Sun
Water Needs:  Average, low when established
Soil Type:  Clay (Amended), Loam, Sandy, Silty
Soil Moisture / Drainage:  Well Drained Moist
Soil pH:  6.0 - 6.5 (Moderately Acid to Slightly Acid)
Maintenance / Care:  Low
Attracts:  Visual Attention
Resistances:  Deer, Disease, Drought, Heat


Make sure to plant Banana Shrub where you can enjoy the fragrance of the flowers from up close. It can be grown as a large shrub or small tree and is a welcome addition to any outdoor living space. It makes the perfect backdrop in a shade garden, where not many other evergreen shrubs will grow.

Landscape / Garden Uses:  Background, Buffer, Containers/Planters, Espalier (Flat Against a Wall), Flowering Shrub Border, Focal Point, Frame Structure, Groupings, Landscape Borders, Screen, Specimen, Topiary, Tree Form Shrub, Woodland Border

Theme Gardens:  Asian/Japanese Gardens, Cottage Gardens, Fragrance or Sensory Gardens, Rock Gardens, Tropical Look Gardens

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5 Stars
Excellent plant!
My mother always talks about the banana shrub her grandmother had, so I decided to search for one for her birthday. All other places I found were either out of stock or cost twice what it cost here. I was so happy when it arrived in perfect condition. My mother was excited when she received it, and it transplanted well. I will definitely buy from plant from Wilson Bros Gardens again! ----------- WBG Reply: Hi Melissa - Thanks so much for taking the time to provide us and future visitors to Wilson Bros gardens with your review of the Banana Shrub, and glad to hear it's doing well in its new home. Thanks also for your compliments and giving us the opportunity to serve you. Let us know if there's ever anything else we can help you with. We're at your service! - Brent | Wilson Bros Gardens
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Reviewed by:  from Mississippi . on 7/9/2017
5 Stars
Massive plants!
I was very pleased to receive massive plants in 2 gallon containers. Exceeded my expectations. These are some of the best looking plants that I have ever purchased. Just a shame it took me this long to find you. Looking forward to many more dealings. Planted and can't wait to smell the flowers, which I know smell just like bananas.
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Reviewed by:  from Chico, TX. on 2/6/2016
5 Stars
The shrub looked amazing when it arrived and it's done great in its new home. Thank you for the fast transaction.
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Reviewed by:  from Miles, TX. on 8/6/2015

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