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Banana Bush Shrub Fragrant Plant


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4 Inch Pots - Mature, well rooted starter size plants, growing and shipped in a 4 inch plastic pot, plant will be a minimum of about 8 to 10 inches tall and unlikely to have bloom or bud at the time of shipping.

Banana Bush or Banana Shrub is a large growing flowering perennial that is native to China. It is a member of the magnolia family, and was introduced into the United States in the 1700's.

The common name Banana Shrub is so called because the buttery yellow to cream flowers, reminscent of magnolia blossoms, that appear in the spring have a distinctive, sweet smell very similar to ripe bananas.

The blossoms begin to emerge from long cigar shaped buds in mid to late Spring, and are made up of 6 waxy cream to buttery yellow petals with pretty ruby red to purple margins.

The shrub is a large, but slow growing, well branching evergreen bush with deep green, glossy, slightly elongated leaves. The growth habit is large, branching and rounded and will reach heights of as much as 15', but can easily be maintained at lower heights in a hedge form.

Relationship to bananas is just a similar smell. This plant is not edible.

Botanical Name Michelia figo
Common Name Banana Shrub
Plant Family Magnolia
Mature Size 10 to 15 feet
Bloom Color Butter yellow to cream lined in red
Bloom Form Open, cupped single
Bloom Time Primarily spring, scattered year round
Zone 7, 8, 9, 10
Fragrance Intense like bananas
Key Features Highly fragrant attractive shrub
Suggested Uses Hedge, accent, mixed borders, espaliers
Grower Notes This plant is not edible.


Direct planting of 4 inch starter size plants is not recommended, so for the best results with your new plant, we recommend it be repotted and allowed to grow larger before setting out in a tropical to subtropical landscape. 

When the new pot has filled with roots and the plant is larger, then here a few hints for successful growing in the landscape in Zones 9, 10, and 11.  can be grown as a potted plant indefinitely.

  • Plant in fertile well draining, slightly acidic soil soil in the full sun. Amend with high quality organic material as needed.
  • Locate in full sun to very lightly dappled shade.
  • Provide supplemental irrigation.
  • Feed a good quality, slow release, bloom boosting fertilize with the initial planting and twice yearly in the early Spring and early Fall thereafter. 
  • Supplement with a water soluble plant food in between feeding.
  • Prune lightly and often when young to encourage branching and after flowering to promote uniform shape and control size.
  • Protect from frost and freeze.







  • Model: BAN-BUS-YL
  • Shipping Weight: 2.1lbs
  • 1 Units in Stock
  • Manufactured by: Emerald Goddess Gardens

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