Michelia Figo

The first Banana Shrub I ever saw was not in bloom. “When it blooms, it will make you want to eat a banana sandwich,” said the son-in-law of Mr. Smith, who had a little nursery in Cairo, GA.

The biggest Michelia that I know about is on Ichauway Plantation, there since the early years of Mr. Woodruff.
Susie under the Banana shrubs.

Flower and buds of Michelia figo.

There are some big, old banana shrubs in town in Chason Park. I still don’t have one.

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5 Comments

  1. Chandramouli S

     /  April 28, 2009

    Never seen such a huge Banana Shrub! How old is it, btw?

  2. OhioMom

     /  April 27, 2009

    What a pretty bloom !

  3. sweet bay

     /  April 27, 2009

    Holy moly I didn’t know Banana shrubs could get that big!

    Unfortunately I have never gotten to smell a Banana Shrub flower. Just read about them in Passalong Plants.

  4. Davy Barr

     /  April 26, 2009

    I love banana shrub! The smell of the blooms is one of my very favorites in the world. People around here call them magnolia fuscata.

  5. Mildred

     /  April 26, 2009

    That’s really pretty!

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