As a gardener and grower in the lower Keys, I always try to use uncommon, interesting and collectible plant material. I have always enjoyed expanding my knowledge and experience with scented plants, and I was extremely happy to come across Michelia Figo a couple of years ago. I was familiar with the deliciously scented Michelia Alba and Champaca as canopy tress, but I was unaware that there was a shrub form that could provide for a whole different experience. Tolerant of full sun to fairly deep shade, These attractive shrubs have the typical Magnolia type buds for both leaf and flower. The creamy yellow, 1 inch short lived blooms really pack a punch of heavenly scent when open, especially when the air is thick and humid. These respond quite well to pruning, and can be kept fairly tight if desired. The plants I purchased in Alachua County are a cultivar called Michelia Figo var. Skineriana, which is supposed to be a more scale resistant form. These can grow throughout the entire state of Florida, and across the southern Gulf States. I've even heard them called Banana Magnolia in Mississippi. I get random bloom processions about every 4 to 6 weeks in Key West. The pics here are of a plant that is in fairly deep shade. I've also included a pic of the minor scale that can be expected from time to time.This is a wonderful shrub that is worth the space in the garden, but find out for yourself!