Home Gardens Plant Collection ► Plants of the Month


Membership poster

Who's Online

We have 276 guests online

Michelia figo (banana tree)


Sub-tropical house



If you breath deeply anywhere near the banana shrub you will realise why it acquired its fruity common name and a closer examination of the flower will also show its similarity to a magnolia. Botanists have recently renamed this tender Magnolia relative Michelia figo as Magnolia figo. This evergreen bush or small tree will grow happily in a cool frost free glasshouse, which it will fill with scent in late winter. Prune only to restrict its growth in confined spaces. It will flower profusely, each flower lasts only a day or so, but the masses of buds in the leaf axils (in contrast to the terminal flowers of most magnolias) promise many days of heady perfume to follow.


Special Events