A native of China, this evergreen relative of the magnolia is hardy to zone 7! It is called banana shrub because of its waxy, off-white flowers that smell like- you guessed it, bananas. This is abeautiful, hardyplant that makes a great hedgeand can also be used as a striking specimen planting. Naturally an understory tree,banana shrubprefers a rich, acid soil with plenty of organiccompost and/or leaf litter. If left alone, it will reach a height of about 15 feet. This is not a particularly fast grower, which makes it easy to maintain. The glossy dark green leaves with fuzzy brown undersidesmakesthis a greataddition tothose shady back yards! One must see and smell this plant to truly appreciate it.