Magnolia rajaniana, Michelia champaca Rajaniana, Champa Khao, Cream colored Champa, Magnolia Ivory, Champee Si Nuan, Peacock Magnolia

Magnolia rajaniana, Michelia champaca Rajaniana

Champa Khao, Cream colored Champa, Magnolia Ivory, Champee Si Nuan, Peacock Magnolia
Family: Magnoliaceae
Origin: South-East Asia
USDA Zone: 4-8?
USDA Plant Hardiness MapSmall tree 10-20 ftSemi-shadeFull sunRegular waterYellow, orange flowersPlant attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsFragrant plantSubtropical or temperate zone plant. Mature plant cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

Rare michelia with cream to pastel orange/yellow (or light orange) flowers, highly fragrant. A new Thai hybrid with large and wide petals is called Champee Si Nuan. The flowers resemble those of Magnolia champaca, but more pastel color and much bigger size. The size of the flower can reach 5-6" wide. Flowers turn darker color with age, almost brown before they drop. Fragrance is very strong. Blooms almost year-round. Plant this nice small specimen tree near a driveway or in any other place with walk traffic where the fragrance can be appreciated. Similar looking magnolia hybrid is M. champaca X M. ballonii.

A hybrid Magnolia champaca x rajaniana Dwarf (Champee Si Nuan) is a dwarf that produces flowers earlier than other Champacas. It is the most exciting hybrid of Champaca, a very reliable bloomer. Flowers of pastel orange to cream color can be large size, in favorable conditions up to 5-6" wide (see picture), very fragrant. The Champee Si Nuan grows into somewhat smaller tree (15-20 ft) and is a perfect variety for potting culture or a small yard.

See Article about Tropical Magnolias.

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