Sweet Michelia

Magnolia doltsopa (Michelia doltsopa)

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet Michelia) - full view

Full view

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet Michelia) - flower

Foliage detail

Magnolia doltsopa (Sweet Michelia) - leaves

Foliage detail

  • Size:

    Height: 15-25'; Spread: 15'

  • Growth:

    Slow to moderate

  • Character:

    Evergreen; upright, oval form; moderate canopy.

  • Foliage:

    Dark green, leathery, elliptical leaves, 3-8" long.

  • Flower:

    White, fragrant, 12-petalled flowers, 5-7" across, bloom January-March.

  • Fruit:

    Brown, cone-like seed conglomerates, 3-4" long, form in summer and drop in winter.

  • Bark:

    Slightly mottled, light gray-brown bark.

  • Watering:

    In general, 15-20 gallons per week for the first 2 years; 15-20 gallons twice a month for the 3rd year; as needed after 3 years (varies by soil, sun, and wind conditions).

  • Tree Care:

    Low. Early pruning needed to train a good shape; pruning needed less frequently with age. Some sidewalk clean-up during flower drop.

  • Tolerance:

    Sun or part shade.

  • Special Considerations:

    Grows slowly, folded leaves can make it look drought stressed. Tall in its native habitat - but largest one in town has achieved only 25' in 25 years.

  • Notable Traits:

    Native to the Himalayas. Provides flower display in winter months, very fragrant. Good tree for 2x3' basins and beneath overhead wires. Formerly named Michelia doltsopa.