General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Plant Height: 12 - 15 feet
Plant Spread: 12 - 15 feet
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Other: Creamy white
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Windbreak or Hedge
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 1 gallon
Suitable in 3 gallon or larger
Needs excellent drainage in pots

Common names
  • Banana Shrub
  • Magnolia
  • Port Wine Magnolia
Botanical names
  • Accepted: Magnolia figo
  • Synonym: Michelia figo
  • Synonym: Liriodendron figo

  • Posted by plantladylin (Sebastian, Florida - Zone 10a) on Sep 19, 2011 3:30 PM concerning plant:
    The "Banana Shrub" is a wonderful evergreen, woody shrub with multiple branching stems that produce fuzzy little brown bracts/buds, and exceptionally fragrant flowers! It grows well in partial sun to shade and blooms for me from late spring through summer.
  • Posted by hortitoity (Northern Rivers NSW) on Aug 26, 2017 12:46 AM concerning plant:
    I have never heard of this described as Banana shrub, I know it only as Port Wine Magnolia or latin Michaelia figo. I wonder if these labels could be added beside Banana Shrub, for easy identification purposes???? I trained as a Horticulturist and was taught it to be Port Wine Magnolia, Michaelia figo. thank you
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