Michelia doltsopa/Sweet Michelia

Michelia doltsopa / Michelia doltsopa
Large leaves and developing flower buds
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Large leaves and developing flower buds

Closer view of brown flower buds

Example of a relatively large specimen of this Michelia

A close view of a mature bud and the brown underside of the foliage

Large, magnolia-like leaves and flower buds

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Scientific Name: Michelia doltsopa
Common Name: Sweet Michelia
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 9, 10 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Spring
Flower color: White
Fruit present: Fall
Fruit color: Brown
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun, Filtered Shade, Morning sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Medium
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Comments: This Michelia produces large, showy, fragrant flowers up to seven inches across with twelve petals. The leaves are also quitelarge, up to eight inches long and nearly three inches wide. Young leaves are hairy. The brown buds are especially attractive just before flowers appear in early spring. 'Silver Cloud' is a highly recommended selection of this Michelia.