Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub

Magnolia figo 'Hagiwara Everblooming', Michelia figo, Magnolia fuscata, Magnolia annonifolia, Liriodendron figo

Magnoliaceae

Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub
Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub
Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub
Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub
Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia, Banana Shrub
A repeat flowering Banana Magnolia with a more intense sweet banana fragrance! Hagiwara Everblooming Banana Magnolia produces sweetly fragrant cupped soft yellow flowers for much of summer on this large evergreen shrub to small tree. Easy to grow and enjoy in most well-drained acidic soils. Images shown are of typical Banana Magnolia flowers.

The Banana Magnolia is an easy to grow, long-lived, heirloom, evergreen shrub with a naturally upright to rounded habit and rich dark green glossy foliage. It can be used as a large specimen shrub, background shrub, hedge, screen, espalier, or is easily trained into a small single or multi-trunked tree. The Banana Magnolia has a moderate rate of growth when young and when grown under good or better conditions. Growth generally slows as they get larger and closer to their mature size of about 10' high but they may reach 20' with age. Even young Banana Magnolia plants generally flower well even under average conditions and they can be grown as container plants for many years with proper care. Where not cold hardy overwinter indoors under high light and preferably with direct sunlight.

Hardened off plants in the ground can easily take temperatures into the single digits for short periods with no apparent damage. Container grown plants should be protected if temperatures fall below freezing for any extended period of time as the soil may freeze and thus may damage the roots. Plan to do any general pruning immediately after flowering has finished as bud formation is produced on this spring's and early summer's growth. The cone-shaped, brown fuzzy buds are often large enough to be noticeable by fall when they are perched in the leaf axils along the dark stems awaiting the warmth of spring days to open.

Banana Magnolias like similar soil conditions to those of Camellias - moist, acidic, well-drained, humus rich, and moderately fertile. Preferably with an organic mulch, like pine straw, maintained beyond the dripline. Grown in more sun they tend to be fuller and denser, shorter plants whereas with more shade they tend to be taller and slightly more open in habit. Some resources suggest midday shade in hot summer climates. Under good conditions the Banana Magnolia has few pest or disease problems.

For more on information on and growing the Banana Magnolia, or Magnolia figo, watch Dan Gill on LSU Agcenter's "Get it Growing" by clicking here or the "More info from Universities,..." link to the left.
For more on how to espalier Banana Magnolias and other plants from the Mississippi State Extension Service click here.


Grows To: 10-15'H x 8-12'W up to 20'H x 15'W

USDA Cold Hardiness Zones: 7B,8,9,10,(7A?)

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Outdoor Light: Full sun, Part sun, Part shade

pH Range: Acidic, Mildly Acidic, Neutral

Soil & Moisture: Average moist to moist, well-draining, humus-rich, moderately fertile soils. Never soggy wet.

Deer Resistance: Rarely Bothered

Native To / Origin: China

See our Planting A New Plant, How To, and General Growing Guide for basic planting, potting, and watering instructions

Container Size: Quart / 30 fl.oz. / 887 ml

Price: $ 29.99
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