Champaca, commonly called yellow jade orchid tree is a large evergreen tree, native to the Indomalaya ecozone (consisting of South Asia, Southeast Asia and some parts of China).It is best known for its strongly fragrant yellow or white flowers.
It is, however, primarily cultivated for its timber and is also used in urban landscaping. Its aril-covered seeds are highly attractive to birds.This species occurs in varying shades of cream to yellow-orange.
In China, M. champaca var. pubinervia is documented. Magnolia × alba is a hybrid cultivar of M. champaca.In Thailand there has been some purported man-made hybrids with other magnolia species including Magnolia liliifera and Magnolia coco.
The flowers are used in Southeast Asia for several purposes.Especially in India they are primarily used for worship at temples whether at home or out and more generally worn in hair by girls and women as a means of beauty ornament as well as a natural perfume.
Flowers are used to be floated in bowls of water to scent the room, as a fragrant decoration for bridal beds, and for garlands."Magnolia champaca however is more rare and has a strong perfume, and is not that commonly or plentifully used - for example in hair it is worn singly or as a small corsage.
But rarely as a whole garland, and for bridal beds it is most often jasmine and roses.While for bowls of water to be placed around rooms usually other, more colourful for visual decoration and less strongly perfumed flowers are used.
The flower is sometimes commonly called the 'Joy perfume tree.' Many niche perfumers are now once again using Champaca Absolute as single note fragrances.
Magnolia champaca is cultivated and used as an ornamental tree in temperate climate gardens, such as in coastal California.The flowers from this tree are used to make the world's most expensive perfume.
The extremely aromatic orange blooms appear nearly all year round.Grows to the size of a large shrub or small tree, 15-20' in height. It is a tropical tree, however established plants can tolerate light freeze.
Yellow Champaca is much more cold tolerant than var. Alba.A deep floral somewhat spicy odour and in combination with Jasmines and Roses will make a full bodied floral middle note.