The first Banana Shrub I ever saw was not in bloom. "When it blooms, it will make you want to eat a banana sandwich," said the son-in-law of Mr. Smith, who had a little nursery in Cairo, GA.
The biggest Michelia that I know about is on Ichauway Plantation, there since the early years of Mr. Woodruff.
Susie under the Banana shrubs.
Flower and buds of Michelia figo.
There are some big, old banana shrubs in town in Chason Park. I still don't have one.