Michelia doltsopa. MICHELIA. Tibet, West Yunnan
MAGNOLIACEAE (Magnolia family)

An evergreen magnolia relative with large leathery leaves and axillary, very fragrant flowers, each with a dozen or more 3-1/2-inch long, broad white petals [perianth parts], with the feel of light kidskin. The dozens of stamens are arranged spirally on a central core. A young specimen in a lawn east of the Stauffer III building and half way to the southwest corner of Old Chemistry, is marked by a stone honoring Emeritus Professor Bud Homsy. Planted in 1996, and twelve feet high in 2003, it is flowering, and is named "Bud's Tree." Variety 'Silver Cloud' was planted in fall 2001 on the north side of Sequoia Hall at Lomita Mall, and the north side of Braun Hall. The latter disappeared soon after. Another example about 7 feet tall was planted Spring 2013 north of the fountain in front of the Bing Wing of Green Library, replacing the dead Laburnum 'Vossii', which replaced the dead Maytens.

A splendid 25-foot tree at 560 Lemon Street, Menlo Park, is covered with spectacular blossom by early February, while the pale greenish brown ½ - by 2-inch flower buds are waiting in abundance in preparation for a long flowering season. Another attractive specimen is at Palo Alto’s Gamble Garden Center, in front of the Carriage House. Michelia is an important timber tree in the Himalayas.

Illustrations (links open new windows): Bud's Tree, just past the height of bloom, 2/14/06 | Silhouettes from Trees of Stanford & its Environs


Name derivation, genus | species Pietro Mecheli (1670-1737), Florentine botanist noted for work on fungi | Tibetan name for plant

Related material: Canopy Trees for Palo Alto Tree Library

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