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Magnolia 'Goldstar' has medium sized flowers with 14 narrow petals, very similar to star-shaped magnolias. The colour is a delicate creamy-yellow.
The name Cucumber Tree refers to the unripe fruit, which is green and often shaped like a small cucumber. The ripe fruit is a striking reddish orange color.
The flowers from this tree are used to make the world's most expensive perfume 'Joy'. The extremely aromatic orange blooms appear nearly all year round. Grows to the size of a large shrub or small tree, 15-20' in height. It is a tropical tree, however established plants can tolerate light freeze. Yellow Champaca is much more cold tolerant than var. Alba.
People did not invent JOY perfume, Nature made this creation leading to the development of JOY, the most expensive perfume fragrance in the world. Michelia flowers produce in great quantities. On a warm humid night, the scents can easily be enjoyed several hundred feet away. If you drive near by, you will notice the scent immediately. People and every insect you can imagine are attracted to the blooms. These are flowers you don't have to "stick your nose in" as the scent exudes from the tree. However, you really can't STOP sticking your nose into a flower over and over again. Nectar insects appear frantic, driven like drug addicts, bashing into each other to get to the heart of every flower on the tree. Planting a Michelia tree either indoors as bonsai or in your backyard really makes your home a sweet home. Also you could take the flower, home made natural perfume, into car, office, rest room, and anywhere you want fragrant atmosphere. One oriental custom is to use the white flowers as sweet scented decoration, such as hair-pin-flower for girls, and chest-pin-flower for ladies. The tree has flowers and green leaves all year round, beautifying its surroundings. Besides, the clearly veined leaf can be made into a special bookmark. M. Champaka are much more hardier plants than M. Alba and the flower has a sweet fragnance. The M. Alba has root stock of champaka. If you will but forth the effort in taken care of the plant, you will be rewarded many times over via the fragrance. The smell is heavenly.
...Regarded as one of the most sacred trees of India and tropical Asia... Its flowers exude a divine fragrance that is exceedingly pleasing to the Gods... and women! Continue reading...
Magnolia coco was introduced into England in 1786 by Lady Amelia Hume. It has not proven hardy enough to widespread cultivation. The flowers are small and very fragrant. They usually last only a day and open in the evening, the tepals falling by morning. This species is a good houseplant, the most suitable magnolia for indoors, thanks to its small size and slow growth rate. Its long flowering period provides indoor fragrance and color about nine months of a year. Most of magnolias lack nectaries, but the Magnolia coco is a nice exception. It secrets a nectar-like substance at the base of the tepals and between the stigmas. Indoors it can be grown as a small house plant in a pot where it gets only 2-3 ft tall and blooms in young age. In habitat it ts a woody medium size shrub, 3-6ft. Flowers come in single, rounded as an egg before opening, 1-2" diameter with white petals and green sepal, intensely fragrant. Ideal for patios and small gardens. Fragrance is outstanding especially in early morning. Blooms from spring to fall. This plant grows better with less direct sunlight on lowlands. Requires regular watering in container. Can be grown indoors in a well-lit spot. Other names used incorrectly for this plant are Michelia coco and Michelia pumila, but this is a true magnolia. The blooms are at the ends of the branches, rather than from the leaf axils as they are in the Michelia group. M. lilliifera is similar to M. coco - as both species have those egg shaped flowerbuds. In M. coco however, the bud is shaped more like a baby coconut, hence the name Magnolia coco, Coconut Magnolia. Hardy to zones 9-10. This is a tropical plant. Min temp 45-50F, but it can survive light frost with some leaves damage (they get dry on edges from cold). If you want to have this plant nice looking year round, it is better to protect it - move inside while cold nights or weeks. It is easy since it is a dwarf plant and can be grown in a pot. However if you planted it in ground, it will be OK during mild winter, and new leaves will grow in spring. Does not require pruning since it is slow growing and has naturally bushy shape. Fertilize nce a month with bloom booster fertilizer during hot months. No pests noticed.
Magnolia Cylindrica, or the Huang-shan magnolia (named for Mount Huang, where it can be found naturally) is endemic to China. It is threatened by habitat loss.
It is a deciduous shrub or small tree with thin lanceolate dark green leaves. The Magnolia cylindrica grows erect, developing a short stem with a small crown, usually roundish. Pure white cup shaped fragrant flowers are borne before the young leaves in early spring followed by cylindrical shaped fruits. The flowering period is normally March - April although some species do flower as late as September. Hardy zone 7.
It is a small evergreen tree with fragrant, cup-shaped, creamy white to pink flowers.
Similar looking species - Magnolia yunnanensis, Michelia yunnanensis, Parakmeria yunnanensis. See Article about Tropical Magnolias.
Showy flowers are wonderfully fragrant and long-lasting.
Prefers partial shade or partial sun to full sun; soil should be moist. Needs extra water in hot or windy conditions or sandy soil. Does not tolerate wind.
A slow growing, compact shrub. It bears small, shiny deep green leaves and tiny spring-blooming heavily scented cream flowers streaked with purple. Pruning produces abundant new flowering growth. Prefers neutral to acid, humus-rich, well-drained soil; they resent being transplanted. The banana shrub is so called because of the distinctive, sweet banana scent of its flowers. These are formed within interesting fuzzy brown bracts that form a 1 in (2.5 cm) cigar-shaped bud, from which small off-white flowers burst forth from late spring through summer. The blossoms are about 1.5 in (3.8 cm) in diameter with each of six waxy petals delicately outlined in dark red.