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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

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-11  Find Your Zone >  

Note: For our customers who live and garden north of USDA Cold Hardiness Zone 7a, where the Banana Shrub is not reliably winter hardy, you'll be happy to know it can be grown in containers that can be brought indoors during winter and place back outside when temperatures warm up in spring.



Special Attributes

Also known as the Port Wine Magnolia, the Banana Shrub, Michelia figo, features flowers that smell just like a banana popsicle! The 1-inch magnolia-like flowers are produced in abundance from late spring through summer. 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.




Landscape & Garden Uses

The Banana Shrub can be grown in sunny or shady areas as a large shrub or lower branches can be removed to form a small tree that matures to about 15 feet tall and almost as wide. It is ideal for use as a specimen, in groupings, or as an evergreen hedge in landscape borders. It is also useful in home foundation plantings to frame the corners or against an large, open wall. A fine addition to the fragrance or cottage garden. Make sure to plant Banana Shrub where you can enjoy the fragrance of the flowers from up close!

Suggested Spacing:  8-10' for a solid hedge;  18' or more for space between plants




Cultural Preferences

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.




Plant Details

USDA Plant 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



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