The Q&A Archives: Fragrant Himalayan Champaca Trees

Question: I have two of these trees. They are so huge ... maybe 30 ft and just keep growing. Now one of them has developed big clusters of berries/nuts? Are these going to make a mess when they fall? Is there soemthing I should do. Both lose a lot of foilage in the winter ... the big leaves drop and make a mess. I love the trees, especially the fragrant flowers that perfume the air unbelievably. Should these be pruned and if so how? I keep reading this is a bush. Believe me ... mine are trees with massive height and trunks. Apparently I overfertilized! I bought them in 24

Answer: Champaca trees do grow large and it sounds as though yours are in need of pruning. But this might be a job for superarborist, not a job you should be doing. When the height and width of the tree is reduced, the flowering will be reduced, as well, but so will the seed production, which will lessen the debris that falls from the tree. I'm afraid that in order to have the fragrant flowers, you'll have to put up with falling petals, seed pods and leaves. It's worth it, don't you think??

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