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Desmos chinensis, Dwarf Ylang Ylang shrub

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Desmos chinensis

Dwarf Ylang Ylang shrub
Family: Annonaceae
Origin: Asia and northern Australia
Large shrub 5-10 ftSmall shrub 2-5 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantAttracts butterflies, hummingbirdsUltra tropical, min. temperature 55F

This is a spreading shrub that likes shady places and may develop into a higher climber. The flowers open between April and July. Young flowers are green and inconspicuous. Only mature yellow flowers have strong lemon-like fruity scent can be detected at a distance, especially during the evenings. When the flower fades, the petals turn to rusty-red and then drop. Desmos chinensis is a better choice for those with limited space.

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