Native to thePhilippines, Premna odorata is a small tree that grows from 10-20 feet. It is hardy and grows in USDA Zone 9-11. It thrives best in full sun or semi-shade and requires regular watering, but is tolerant of moderate water periods. Its fragrant white or off-white flowers bloom in terminal inflorescences (cymes) and are about 4-5 mm in length. The dark purple, round, fleshy fruits of Premna odorata are about 5 mm in diameter.
Premna odorata has multiple uses. Its leaves are edible and are used in Kapampangan cuisine in a variety of ways. Moreover, its essential oil, which is yellowish-green in color, is used for its antiseptic properties and is used to make bath-care products. It also has ethnomedical purposes and is used to treat fevers and malaria.
When planting Premna odorata in a pot in colder areas, it is important to provide the plant with necessary protection. This includes using a potting mix with high organic matter and ensuring that extra mulch is working around the pot to keep it warm during the winter. Additionally, it is important to keep the soil moist, but not saturated.
Premna odorata produces multiple fruits, each providing its own health benefits. This fruit is rich in vitamins A and C and is used to treat hypertension and cholesterol. It is also known for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.