Banana Shrub

Michelia figo

Item 061535


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Key feature:
  • Light Needs
    Full sun to Partial sun
  • Watering Needs
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

Fragrant, creamy-yellow blooms shaded with purple have a banana-like scent. Compact densely branched shrub displays narrow, glossy leaves. Use near the front of borders, so fragrance can be enjoyed.

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Average Landscape Size
Slow growing to 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
Flowering Season
Landscape Use
Botanical Name: Michelia figo
Deciduous/ Evergreen: Evergreen
Growth Habit: Round ,   Compact
Growth Rate: Slow
Special Feature: Tolerates Acidic Soil, Year-round Interest
Foliage Color: Green
Flower Attribute: Showy Flowers ,   Fragrant
Bloom Time: All season, heaviest in spring
Flower Color: Yellow
Garden Style: Tropical ,   Mediterranean
Design Ideas: Its scent rivals the highly fragrant Plumeria used in Hawaiian leis. What this shrub lacks in bright color it fully compensates for in heady fragrance. This is a big and bushy foundation plant that will grow along fence lines. Create a hedge of them for privacy and their perfume will fill the whole area. Plant near windows and doors, where its fragrance will waft indoors. A choice selection for around swimming pools and fountains. Blend other big and beautiful semitropical plants such as bronze flax, bird of paradise, and Japanese aralia, and accent with colorful spreading lantana and bougainvillea.

Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.


The fragrance of its flowers resembling the scent of bananas led to its common name, banana shrub. Be aware that NO part of the plant is edible.

Customer Reviews

Beautiful banana shrub
by Lao Zhang , March 21, 2017

The plant received healthy and well maintained. Plant is bigger than I expected. Lots of buds should give lots of flower in the next month or two.

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