Magnolia figo

Magnolia figo

Habitat:

It thrives in moist, humus rich, well drained soil in a sunny to partly shaded location protected from frost. Avoid transplanting once established. Apply mulch in spring to keep roots cool and moist.

Description:

An evergreen, rounded shrub or small tree to 3 metres with glossy green, oval leaves. Richly fragrant, brownish-purple flowers are borne in spring and summer.  Pruning will produce new flowering growth. Water well in summer.

Background:

Initially described by Portuguese missionary and naturalist J de Lourwiro as Liriodendron figo, it was then reclassified asMichelia figo by German botanist C Sprengel. For quite a while botanists considered almost half of all evergreen magnolia species under separate genus Michelia. In 2006, after detailed morphology studies, no scientific reasons were found for classifying those magnolias under a separate genus, and currently the name Michelia is used for specifying a separate Section of the Genera that contains evergreen Yulania magnolias.

The name Michelia honors Florentine botanist Pietro Antonio Micheli.

Availability:

Should be available from your local garden centre.

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January 23, 2018