Magnolia figo

Magnolia figo


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.


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.


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.


Should be available from your local garden centre.


Posted on

January 23, 2018