The intense fragrant and ivory-colored , waxen quality of petals indicate their relationship of Michelia to Magnolias. It was brought to Hawaii by the Chinese and is still chiefly seen in their gardens today, their name for it is Pak-Lan meaning "white orchid". The pointed buds about 2" long grow upright in leaf axils, near the ends of it's branches, each is encased in a calyx which slips off as the flower opens. The narrow waxy petals are numerous and radiate around it's greenish pistil. Grows upright to 20', it's pointed wavy edged leaves are glossy, leathery and light green. A intoxicating scent!
MWC-03 Michelia Alba "White Champaca"