A small, neat, pyramidal grower with deep-green, shiny leaves. Produces a mass of small, cream-white, star-shaped flowers from velvet buds, over a long period from early-spring. Ideal for hedging, pruning into any shape, or growing as a small specimen tree. Michelia gracipes is a selected form of Michelia yunnanensis, with more rounded leaves. Evergreen tree that grows at a moderate rate to reach 4m (H) x 3m (W) in 10 years.