Ylang Ylang Tree
Cananga odorata

The Ylang Ylang tree Cananga odorata is a tall, fast-growing tropical tree prized for its Chanel Number 5 scented flowers. The Ylang Ylang plant is easy and rewarding to grow in the home landscape.



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The tropical Cananga tree can grow to the stately height of 100 feet in its homeland. It hails from Indonesia but is also common to Southeast Asia, Polynesia and the Philippines.

It has the triangular growth habit of a Christmas tree.

The dark green, lance-shaped leaves arrange themselves in opposite pairs along the thin branches. They have noticeable veins and wavy edges.

This evergreen tree is nearly everblooming. The fragrant flowers for which the tree is prized, consist of six 4-5 inch long, narrow, drooping petals. The blooms start out a greenish color and turn to deep yellow as they age.

Their perfume is strongest at night (the plants way of attracting the moths that pollinate it) but a light fragrance will be noticeable during the day as well.

In the Philippines, the flowers are harvested to make Ylang Ylang oil at sunrise while the scent is still strong.

Ylang Ylang essential oil is used in the manufacture of several popular perfumes, the most important being Chanel No 5. For this reason, Ylang Ylang trees are commonly known as Chanel No 5 perfume trees.

The flowers are strung with the flowers of Jasmine sambac into leis.

Starting a Ylang Ylang Tree

The romantic flowers are followed by clusters of oval-shaped fruit which start out green and ripen black.

The tart berries are edible and smell of juniper.

Ylang Ylang plants may be started using the seeds inside the ripe fruits.

Wait until the fruit is just about rotten before removing the seeds. Wash the pulp off, dry them, and sow them as soon as is practical as they will not remain viable for long.

You can sow them directly into the garden as soon as the weather warms up in the spring.

Another way to start a Ylang Ylang plant is by taking tip cuttings of the branches.



Growing Cananga odorata

Ylang Ylang tree in a pot.

Ylang Ylang is the tree on the far right.

This tree will grow from a seedling into a stately specimen in just a few years. Give it space.

If you don't have room for a 100 foot tree, you can grow it as a shrub. Cut off the growing tip when the plant reaches 10 inches in height. Then just keep trimming it each season so that it takes on a bushy shape instead of growing straight up. It will still bloom continuously when treated this way.

It can also be grown in a container.

Feed your tree monthly from spring to early fall. Use a bloom boosting fertilizer at half strength.

A sunny exposure will provide the best bloom. This tree likes humidity and is not drought tolerant.

It is pest and disease resistant and hardy to about 30 degrees F.

There is a dwarf Ylang Ylang which grows to 6 feet and flowers profusely but this variety is said to be nearly scentless.





Ylang Ylang Perfume
Be enveloped by the heavenly fragrance of the Ylang Ylang flower by wearing a Ylang Ylang perfume. Champs Elysees perfume, Aqua De Gio, Christian Dior Poison perfume with Ylang Ylang.

Ylang Ylang Incense Sticks and Candles
Burn Ylang Ylang incense sticks and candles to obtain the sexual and emotional aromatherapy benefits of Ylang Ylang fragrance oil. Take advantage of the aphrodisiac scent of the Ylang Ylang tree flower.

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