This handsome tree has yellow-orange fragrant flowers suitable for perfumery in summer and winter, and sporadically in other seasons. The 2½-inch wide by 9-inch long light green leaves (longer than those of M. doltsopa) are pale below.
Variety ‘Alba’ at the west-facing end of Encina Hall was planted in spring 2002. The one behind the Bookstore, between two saucer magnolias, was moved from behind Memorial Church in winter 2005 to make way for the camellia plantings. Another was planted in a small lawn on Lomita Mall near Panama Mall and Mitchell Earth Sciences, February 2003.
The tree planted at the east end of Sequoia Hall in spring 2002 died and was removed, as was variety ‘Alba’ at the southwest corner of the Law School.
Name derivation: Michelia – Pietro Mecheli (1670–1737), Florentine botanist noted for work on fungi.
About this Entry: The main text of this entry is from the book Trees of Stanford and Environs, by Ronald Bracewell, published 2005. John Rawlings added notes on the locations and the removals ca. 2008.