help ID a plant

kskitteJanuary 27, 2005

Hi,

My husbands grandmother had a shrub that smelled strongly of ripe bananas, nondescript little flowers, and was really an ordinary green bush, nothing fancy to look at in Louisiana. But the bees loved it and it smelled great. Any ideas?

KK

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jyothi_tekmal

It called Banana Shrub or Michelia Figo. the flower is small cream color it smell is strong in the evening.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2005 at 12:19AM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Hi, kskitte. Jyothi is right. It is Michelia figo, aka banana shrub, also used to be called magnolia fuschata.

It is a wonderful scent, very beautiful, one of the loveliest to my nose. If it were hardy here, I'd have dozens of them!

In zone 6 it's not hardy all the way, but can take temperatures to 20 or a little below, maybe 15, you'd have to check to be exact. So you may be able to winter it outdoors for most of the winter, just bringing it into your house or garage for the very coldest nights.

If you need help finding one, Jan's nursery and nurcar (North Carolina nurseries) offer large blooming-size ones at reasonable prices.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2005 at 3:37PM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

I think I made a mistake -- it may be called magnolia figo.

    Bookmark   January 28, 2005 at 3:41PM
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kskitte

do ya'll hav any idea whether or not this plant will do ok in a pot. We can get a bit too cold here, 4 miles south of Missouri. Also, how big it might get?
thanks

KK

    Bookmark   February 2, 2005 at 1:57PM
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mehitabel(z6 MO)

Hi, Kitte. I'm in St Louis, and I grow two in pots. They are hardy to below 20. They do great here left out in the winter til it gets to about 20 or so, then into the garage during the coldest period. This year I brought one in and left one out. The one left out was in the garage for two nights and then for about a week.

They can be kept to about 3-4 feet.

    Bookmark   February 2, 2005 at 2:10PM
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kskitte

Thanks ya'll for the info. Now the question is, how do i find one, LOL

KK

    Bookmark   February 10, 2005 at 4:30PM
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