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Michelia figo /Banana Shrub

Michelia figo  / Michelia figo
Foliage and flowers
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Foliage and flowers

Typical large shrub with dense foliage

Young shrub

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Close-up image of opening flower bud

Serious infestation of scale insects, a common problem on members of this genus

Sooty mold on the banana shrub, a fungus disease associated with infestation of scale and/or whitefly insects

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Scientific Name: Michelia figo
Common Name: Banana Shrub
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 7, 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 5 - 10 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: Yellow
Fruit present: Summer, Fall
Fruit color: Red
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Shade
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants with Fragrance
Comments: One of the most fragrant flowers found on a small, dense, evergreen tree. Flowers fragrance is like that of ripe bananas. Has an upright, positive form and used as accent, specimen, and in shade gardens. Can have a serious problems with insects (scale) and disease (sooty mold).