Magnolia champaca (L.) Baill. ex Pierre

Etymology Genus After Pierre Magnol, a 17th century French botanist
Species Hindu common name for the species
Family Magnoliaceae
Synonyms Michelia champaca L.
Common Names Orange Chempaka
Status Exotic: Cultivated Only
Form Tree
Native Distribution China, India, Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam, Malaysia, Indonesia


Magnolia champaca can grow up to 20m tall, and has a cylindrical to conical crown. The branches twine erratically and are covered with elliptically arranged leaves, which themselves are long and elliptic, with wavy margins. The flowers are yellow or orange.

Magnolia alba is a very similar congener that has white flowers instead.

Interesting Facts:

The Orange Chempaka is commonly planted for its fragrant flowers.

Cultivated tree at Sengkang.

Leaf arrangement.

Orange flower.


Opened fruits, showing the pinkish arils.


NParks. (2009) Trees of Our Garden City: A Guide to the Common Trees of Singapore. 2nd Edition. National Parks Board, Singapore. 382 pp.

Author: Jake
Posted: 2021-04-29 / Modified: 2021-05-13