Large shrub or small tree with shining, pale-green leaves. Has a strong, horizontal branching structure which makes it ideal for training, especially pleaching. From early-spring, bears long, russet buds which open to star-shaped, fragrant, cream flowers. Will grow as a small specimen tree. Michelia ‘Fairy Cream’ (Fairy Magnolia) grows to 3m (H) x 2m (W) in 10 years.