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Michelia champaca Champak Magnoliaceae
Description: The highlights of this evergreen tree are the mass of sweetly perfumed, creamy yellow flowers produced from summer to autumn, and its smooth grey trunk. Slender, glossy bright green leaves droop from horizontal branches while growing to 30m in its native Himalayas this tree rarely grows above 10m in cultivation.
Uses: An ornamental tree useful for large gardens and parks.
Position: Thrives in moist humus rich, well drained soil in sunny position protected from frost. Resents being transplanted.
Care: Provide adequate water in dry periods. Pruning is seldom needed.
Planting Guide: Cultivate soil before planting. Dig hold twice the width of container. Place the plant in hole so the soil level of the plant is the same as the surrounding soil. Fill hole firmly and water well, even if the soil is moist.
Details:
- Full Sun
- Warm to Hot Frost Free
- Height to 10m, Width to 5m
- Scented Flowers
- Water Regularly
- Apply mulch
- Bird attracting

Botanical Name: Michella champaca
Country of Origin: India
Plant Material used: flowers
Method of extraction: Co distillation Champak w/ Sandalwood

The beautiful deep golden champak flower's sweet & spicy floral essence is co distilled with the soft wood notes of sandalwood. The distillation process takes place over a number of days. The proportion of Champak to Sandalwood is just about equal in a properly made attar.
Methyl benzoate, phenethyl alcohol, phenylacetonitrile, indole and methyl anthranilate, along with sesquiterpenes, e.g. (E,E)-alpha-farnesene, constituted the body of the headspace. Moreover, ionones, e.g. dihydro-beta-ionone, (Z)-methyl-epi-jasmonate, a number of aromatic esters, etc., have been identified in extracts from the flowers .
Today the champak flower volatiles are gently extracted using supercritical CO2. The extract has an intensely sweet, floral-fruity odor with an apricot-like undertone.
Etymology: Michelia, after the Florentine botanist Pietro Antonio Micheli (16791737).

 

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