Michelia figo var skinneriana flower about to bloom
This flower stays opens very slowly over the course of several days until it is fully open. It has a magnificent fragrance of bananas and Juicyfruit gum.
Still blooming! I love this shrub.
Michelia figo var. skinneriana has a longer bloom period than the typical Michelia figo.
Michelia figo var. skinneriana flowers last longer than the typical Michelia figo flowers, which only last a day.
Leathery white blooms open late March-early April (Zone 7b) and smell strongly of ripe bananas.
Newly purchased plant
I am not sure what these little spiny green things are... picture taken in October
Here is one of the little spiny things just starting to emerge. It looked like a flower bud until it started to open....
Buds along the stem
The blooms are small, but have a heavy banana scent
3-gallon plant for sale at a nursery in Louisiana; 1/31/13.