Son champa or Michelia Champa is one of the most popular flowering trees. Flowers are usually golden-yellow, golden-orange and creamy-white.
For gardeners, it is an excellent choice as a houseplant or as companion plant in landscapes. Son champa is very easy to grow in containers, too.
Commercially, the timber of Son champa is used for almost anything from cabinet-making to firewood and flowers are grown to sell at cut flower shops.
The flowers from this tree are used to make the world’s most expensive perfume ‘Joy’.
The flowers of Golden Champa are best known and used in India for several purposes.
- They are primarily used for worship at temples, floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, for garlands.
Son champa flowers are are also used in religious ceremonies and generally worn in hair by women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume.
It emits a unique warm fragrance which promotes a peaceful state of mind, reducing stress and allowing one to relax and breathe easily.
Golden Champa is a very useful agroforestry tree too! It is known to fix the atmospheric nitrogen in soil with the help of vesicular-arbuscular mycorrhizae. Its leaves provide very useful mulch.
These are flowers you don’t have to stick your nose in as the scent can be enjoyed several hundred feet away from the tree, even while driving by the tree.
However, you really can’t stop sticking your nose into a flower over and over again.
Planting a Golden Champa tree in your backyard really makes your home a sweet home. Its the nature of Champa to remind us of the divine in all things.
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In general use a soil-based compost placed over a generous layer of drainage material such as earthenware crocks, pebbles or gravel. Water and feed regularly, especially while plants are bearing flowers and fruit, when a high-potash fertilizer is recommended.
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