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Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon

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 Aglaia odorata
Family: Meliaceae
Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon
Origin: South China
Large shrub 5-10 ftFull sunSemi-shadeRegular waterYellow/orange flowersFragrantEthnomedical plant.
Plants marked as ethnomedical and/or described as medicinal, are not offered as medicine but rather as ornamentals or plant collectibles.
Ethnomedical statements / products have not been evaluated by the FDA and are not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. We urge all customers to consult a physician before using any supplements, herbals or medicines advertised here or elsewhere.Attracts butterflies, hummingbirdsSubtropical, cold hardy at least to 30s F for a short time

This plant is an easy to grow bush. It produces fragrant yellow flowers that are as small as a grain of rice, with a very strong perfume. The fragrance is outstanding! Aglaia has many medical uses: odorine and odorinol obtained from this plant has cancer chemopreventive activity. Relatively cold-tolerant.

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 Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon

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Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon

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Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon

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Aglaia odorata, Chinese Perfume Plant, Chinese Rice Flower, Mock Lemon

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Sydney, Australia
16 Mar 2015
I recently purchased a 12" tall plant. I've found they give off the strongest clean citrus fragrance when the soil is moist and the flowers are in full sun. Ive also found the moonflower vine flowers also need moist soil to give off any fragrance.
Seattle, WA
20 Feb 2015
I bought this nearly a year ago from Top Tropicals. I LOVE it! Here's what I've learned:

1) AO is indeed very easy to please. It's one of the least fussy plants I've ever owned. It's a very well-behaved and gentlemanly shrub. Not like my night-blooming jasmine, which is a total drama queen.

2) AO does fine outdoors in full sun during the summer or inside as a houseplant during the winter with very little sun (in Seattle, no less!).

3) When in bloom, it's scent is very subtle, but *fantastic.* It smells the strongest in the morning. I can't think of anything that smells better than my AO. It blooms about every three months or so year round, and the blooms last for a few weeks.

4) It grows very slowly: I've learned this means I have to be careful when transitioning it from inside during the winter to outside in the summer--it took a full month for it to properly harden and adapt to the UV rays so it could stand a full day of sun without getting scorched... be careful!

5) It laughs off the infernal spider mites that perpetually plague my other houseplants, yet AO's weakness seems to be that it's prone to rust. Not a big deal, though.

Should you get this plant? Yes. It's probably my favorite houseplant/fair-weather garden warrior, ever.
Flesherton Ont. Canads
USDA Zone:4b
4 Jun 2014
hi for all you folks that are not getting the scent of this plant bring it indoors where it can get natural light you will suddenly be hit with a fragrance that will drive you nuts you won't believe these tiny flowers emit such a wonderful fragrance
Johnny Tshong
Purmerend, the Netherlands
28 Nov 2012

Last summer I was for my holidays in Hong Kong and I bought a Aglaia Odorata.

On the day I left, I bought the plant, stripped of all the soil and the roots wrapped in damp cotton wool.

Then packed into a 1.5 Coke PET bottle.

When I arrived home I potted plant with Akadama soil.

Now 3 months later I finally see something of a growth .... ie flowering ..

My father was also a lover of this plant, he used just earth, but the problem was of course the drainage of the plant.

It is for me the first time I used this Akadama soil.

Next time I will mail some photos.
ft lauderdale
USDA Zone:9
31 May 2012
I have this plant aglaia adorata , and I also have other plants that have beautiful scents which I can smell, but this plant hasn't had any scent at all I've had this plant for a year and nothing, lots of flowers though , Its always flowering though
Brookyln, NY, USA
9 May 2012
I bought an Aglaia orodata a few years ago. It's quite easy to grow, BUT:

- Although it flowers at least twice a year, I've never had flowers with any scent. It's not just me--no one can smell any fragrance either directly or indirectly from it. There is and never has been any scent. Changing fertilization types and schedules does nothing.

- Although a pretty little plant, it drips sap, making lower leaves and everything around it sticky and hard to clearn.

I was really excited to get this, and am quite disappointed with how it really is.
Toronto, ON,Canada
17 Dec 2009
I have a very large Aglaia odorata plant (5' tall and 4'in diameter). I transplanted the plant in the summer and it has been dropping its leaves ever since. Since it was originally my mother's plant I am unsure how much water it needs and how ofter to water it. My mother suggests I read the leaves for an indication of watering needs. I currently water the plant twice a week giving it 2L of water at a time. I keep the soil fairly wet through out the week. The plant has been given a south-west exposure with moderate sunlight. Any suggestion on how to care for this plant would be appreciated.
10 Nov 2009
To my nose, Aglaia odorata definitely has a very strong and beautiful scent. It varies in intensity depending on humidity or other unknown factors and sometimes can take you by surprise and waft a considerable distance. If you cannot smell it, it might be due to a problem with your sense of smell (allergies, sinusitis, genetic factors, etc.). This plant has one of the most delicate and refined floral odors I know.
USDA Zone:9b
9 Nov 2009
I have the same problem, the bush is covered with many yellow buds yet they have no scent. I've heard that Aglaia odorata is supposed to smell great. Anyone have any suggestions on why it has no smell?
Robert D
Cape Coral Florida USA
USDA Zone:10
5 Oct 2009
Aglaia odorata has no scent, i get wonderful growth the yellow buds appear but no scent. Im sure it's me any suggestions/?
Michigan, USA
USDA Zone:5b
13 Feb 2009
Aglaia odorata produces one of the most exquisitely beautiful scents I have ever encountered. This plant maintains very well indoors during the cold winter months given an east or west window. Place it outdoors during the summer and you will be rewarded with intermittent periods of bloom. The scent is delicate and sweet, yet it travels on the air in a strange and enchanting way. People often notice the fragrance and drive themselves nuts trying to figure out where it is coming from. It is not overpowering, yet it is definitely there, sending out a wafting delicate sweetness which will drive you insane in a very good way. I've never met a person who does not instantly adore the fragrance of Aglaia odorata. It's really that good!

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