Bean is a little more enthusiastic about this former Michelia. " It is a cheerful evergreen not conspicuous for beauty of flower but one of the most fragrant of all shrubs. 2 or 3 blossoms will fill a small greenhouse with their fruity perfume which strongly recalls that of pear drops". Growing outdoors at Abbotsbury for several years I would say it was hardy to at least minus four centigrade in a sheltered spot.
Ian Watt is a UK Based photographer and horticulturist specialising in garden photography, nature photography and landscapes.