Strong-growing, large, neatly-formed, pyramidal tree. In mid-winter, produces highly-perfumed, large, cream-white, magnolia-like blooms from showy, brown, furry buds. Glossy, rich-green leaves. Drops leaves when flowering but quickly refoliates. Michelia doltsopa ‘Silver Cloud’ is a smaller-growing, grafted variety which flowers from its first years. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 6m (H) x 3.5m (W) in 10 years.