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Sweet Michelia
Scientific Name: Michelia doltsopa Buch.-Ham. ex DC.
Family: Magnoliaceae
Recommended Temperature Zone:
sunset: 14-28
USDA: 9-10

Sun Exposure: Part sun to part shade

Origin: Himalayan area of China, Tibet

Growth Habits: Evergreen tree, 15 to 40 feet tall (4.5-12 m), 20 feet spread (6 m) or more; light gray-brown bark; dark green, leathery, elliptical leaves, 3 to 8 inches long (7.5-20 cm), 1.5 to 3 inches wide (3.7-7,5 cm), slightly glaucous underside; young leaves pubescent

Watering Needs: Likes moist soil, regular water, dislikes windy locations

Propagation: Seeds, softwood cuttings under mist

The genus Michelia is named after a Florentine botanist, Pietro A. Micheli. The species epithet 'doltsopa' is from the Tibetan name.

Blooming Habits:
White, fragrant, long-lasting flowers, 5 to 7 inches in diameter (12-17 cm), with 12 petals, in winter.

Fruiting Habits:
Brown, cone-like fruits, 3 to 4 inches long (7.5-10 cm), ripening in summer, staying on the tree until winter.

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