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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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 Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima
Family: Annonaceae
Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar
Origin: Tropical Asia to Australia
Big tree > 20 ftFull sunSemi-shadeModerate waterWhite/off-white flowersYellow/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 is an evergreen tree, around 30 to 45Ft in height, with gracefully drooping branches. It is often grown in the gardens of Southeast Asia because of its yellow-green, highly fragrant, drooping flowers, which appear almost continuously on the leafy twigs. Though not striking from a distance, green when they first appear and becoming yellow with maturity, these are very fragrant and are used as offering or to scent a room. Fragrance embraces the yard for many yards around. The flower itself though not standing out among green leaves from the distance, still looks very stylish and reminds an elegant accessory for a luxurious brand name evening dress in addition to it's wonderful fragrance. No wonder the flowers are used for production of Chanel#5 perfume. There is also a smaller form of this plant - Cananga odorata var. fruticosa that grows into a dense shrub about 9ft in height. Cananga does best in full sun but will grow in light shade. Propagation is by seeds, more difficult by cuttings. Very fast growing.

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 Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Grafted tree flowering
Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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Cananga odorata, Unona odoratissima, Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree, Ilang-ilang, Maramar

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TJ Woodward
Orlando, USA
USDA Zone:10a
3 Jul 2018
I bought my Cananga odorata in March of 2015 as a 6" tall tree from a garden center halfway between Orlando & Daytona Beach. I paid a few hundred (well-worth) dollars for it; established in a 15-gallon pot which had been topped off the year before so it could fit through the doors of their greenhouse for the winter. After that top growth was cut off, new growth started growing back in as two new growths. I planted it in the center of an elevated garden which we built specifically for the tree to be the centerpiece, and to have excellent drainage to set the tree up for strong, vigorous growth. I used compost mixed with garden soil and peat moss to further help with drainage; before topping it off with a couple inches of Cypress mulch around the area where the drip line would quickly grow to. It grew just about 2 feet taller that first year, and flowered only two or three small clusters, but still flowered nonetheless. Luckily it was a warm winter which helped the root system continue to grow; but it did shed nearly half its leaves in March. I put another 2" layer of fresh compost on top of the mulch from the previous year & a 2" layer of Cypress mulch over that... keeping it away from the trunk, same as the year before. 2016 was the year this tree took off. New leaves & entire new branches grew back in so fast, with flower clusters at the same time which smelled just amazing; muskier at night & sweeter in the morning. It grew twice as wide and from 8 feet tall to 12 feet tall. It continued to grow through most of the winter; only the last week of January & first week of February were cold down to about 40° - 42° F on the coldest of cold nights. It had flowered nearly all summer last year (2017) and even produced a few seedlings below the tree. By the end of August, the stronger of the two growths (the result of it being topped off before I bought it) was 18 feet tall. The smaller growth grew eastward then upward as it was reaching for more sun. Then came Hurricane Irma on September 10th. The wind was blowing westward, & I was watching as that smaller branch broke off & flew across the street four houses down. It was about 1/3 the growth of the tree. The tree itself was still standing, and the tattered new growth actually helped the branches thicken up. All was good until that first bitterly cold week of January, when I dug up the seedlings just in case the worst happened. After all... the University of Florida states that Cananga odorata only grows from USDA zone 11a & up. That night of January 24th, 2018, the weather forecast took us completely by surprise and dropped below freezing to 31°F for about 5 hours. Two days later on the 26th, there were hardly any green leaves left on the tree. Leaves we're all nearly black in color. One week later, I thought the tree had died. Fast forward to the third week of February, when I noticed specks of green emerging from the trunk. Now, as of the first couple days of July, the top half of the tree is covered in very dense growth from 2 to 3 feet away from the trunk. Flowers are starting to appear too. I lost about the top three feet from the freeze, but new growth has already grown one foot taller.

This proves that Cananga odorata can ABSOLUTELY grow in South FL using the point
at which Coconut Palms are growing on their own as a rough guide. I wouldn't recommend anyone else in Central Florida grow this magnificent tree outside year-round unless you know exactly how to plant a tender-tropical well enough to remain a happy, healthy tree that can take that kind of a hit & come back so well. I wish I could post before, during & after pictures of the tree on here.

Aside from my own tree, there's one growing in the ground at Harry Leu Gardens in downtown Orlando for anyone in Central Florida to go see; but I don't know how well it flowers considering it seems to only get dappled sunlight all day.

One last thing for anyone pondering whether or not you can grow these trees outside of a greenhouse in a warm/hot area of the country with low humidity... please don't waste your money as there's no chance it will grow.
Chat
Palo Alto, CA United States
USDA Zone:9b
13 Sep 2015
Hi -- this is a 2-part note.

~ This first part is for Audie in Los Banos, CA, who wrote in March, 2009. I live up the road from you in the South Bay. We're both in the same USDA hardiness zone. Did you have any luck sprouting some of your Ylang Ylang seeds? If so, how have they done?

~ This second part is for all the other folks in the Bay Area who've had experience with any of the Ylang Ylang vars. Please share your success secrets! :)

I purchased a dwarf Ylang Ylang from Top Tropicals earlier this year, and so far, so good...

Thanks!
Brenda
Miami, Fl, USA
8 Mar 2014
I grew this tree from a seed and it's now about 10ft tall and blooms constantly. All written info states that the roots are not invasive, however the tree roots have pushed up my patio pavers and are visible. Also there cracks in my outdoor cement patio which I believe is being caused by the roots spreading underneath the patio. The flowers do smell amazing
LJ
United Kingdom
13 Mar 2013
Just reading about this tree and seeind those beautiful pictures makes it so easy for me (an aromatherapist) to understand the amazing properties that this species has to offer us. Love your information; thanks very much for giving a glimpse into this tropical wonder.
John Gosden
Phuket, Thailand
30 Aug 2011
The sweet fruity smell of the flowers makes them very attractive to our dogs, who gobble them up whenever they fall.
Audie
Los Banos, CA United States
USDA Zone:9
10 Mar 2009
I live in California, where it is pretty warm and humid. I just purchased some chanel 5 seeds and hope to get at least one healthy plant. I was just wondering if anyone had any tips or advice concerning growing these plants from seed. Thanks and wish me luck :D
singal
FL,USA
USDA Zone:10
25 Oct 2008
Here in South Florida this tree thrives in a sheltered and moderately sunny location.Likes moist soil and rain. Hurricane Wilma chopped off my 8ft tree to 4 ft height and I thought it will die.I left it in place and it grew back to same height. Now it is just leaning a little on one side. It is close to the sidewalk and people stop to inhale the smell. Birds like to sit in the branches and feast on the clusters of black berry like sweet fruit.The tree stem is almost white and looks pretty among light green leaves.Tree looks like a tropical Christmas tree with different kind of leaves.It starts flowering when around 4 year old and is always loaded with flowers. Does not like dry weather or high heat,or bery high wind-leaves start getting yellow and brown. I was able to grow couple of more from the seeds but not all seeds germinate and it took a long time.Ones in pots did not germinate but the ones I buried lightly under original tree grew into small plants. Grass does not grow well under its branches. It let the droopy branches touch ground because they are loaded with wonderfully fragarant flowers that I like to pick and bring inside.Flowers smell like a chanel perfume.The garden also smells great ,specially in morning and evenings.
April
Homestead, Florida, USA
USDA Zone:10
5 Feb 2008
I have a 20' ylang ylang on the side of my house. I live in South, south Florida. My tree has stopped flowering right now, but was still flowering at Christmas time. I do not beleive it will grow in Texas or arizona, as it is too arid. They like it humid. I believe Oregon and especially NY would be too cold. I just planted 150 seeds I got from my tree in only 3 months of harvesting a few here and there. It is soooo beautiful, but I doubt any of the people who asked here could grow it in their climates.
Raymond
NY,NY,USA
USDA Zone:6
17 Jul 2007
HI. I would like to know if this would grow in NYC. I have a small patio and it says it's hardy and an evergreen. Maybe there are some varieties that do? which ones?

This is the sweetest smelling flower anyone can find. In the Philippines it's name is Ilang ilang
or Ylang ylang . It is grown as a garden tree in front of houses and they flower at dusk ,suffusing an entire block with their wonderful heady scents. They are used as neclaces like lei's by young ladies and flower necklaces as offerings for saints in Churches.
Aparna
12 May 2006
Thanks for showing me this shrub..we used to have them in India..In my college we had a big grove of these trees ...Bytheway this was called 'Aaku Sampangi'...meaning 'leaf sampangi'..Sampangi is a flower grown in bushes (not tree like this..but similar leaf form) found in the hills of eastern ghats ..it is almost similar to this one only with smaller green petals and hard...not droopy like this one..but they have a similar sweet smell..and yes it is supposed to attract snakes!! Thank U very much Top tropicals.
Bhanu
Phoenix, AZ
USDA Zone:Dry
5 Feb 2006
Can anybody please advise if this plan will survive in Phoenix Arizona? I love this plan and used to have when I was in Tropical area of India..

Thanks
Mohokoi
Beaverton, OR, USA
5 Dec 2005
I would wish to know if this plant would survive in Oregon. My mother grew up around this wonderfull plant in the kingdom of tonga and it would be a perfect gift, but i dont know wether it would survive.

If anyone knew anything about this please post a message. I would really like to know.

Thanks much
Mohokoi
Beaverton, OR, USA
5 Dec 2005
I would wish to know if this plant would survive in Oregon. My mother grew up around this wonderfull plant in the kingdom of tonga and it would be a perfect gift, but i dont know wether it would survive.

If anyone knew anything about this please post a message. I would really like to know.

Thanks much
Tinngig
Texas
5 Aug 2005
Hi, I am wondering if this plant will survive in Texas. This is one of my favorite flowers because it smells so so sweet and I grew up around them. We Micronesians from Yap island call this trees or flowers "MARAMAR". We do all kinds of things with the flowers like Lace, oil,etc...
narayanan
Texas
USDA Zone:7-8
30 Jun 2005
I absolutely love this plant.I have bought about 6 of these plants so far and they have all died.The leaves start falling off and slowly die. I have tried limiting water spraying everyday,placing a humidifier by it.I have tried placing it indoors and outdoors but no success.My first batch did very well for about a year then suddenly died.Any advice or help!Thnaks N.
Tiarenui J..
Santa Barbara California
20 Feb 2005
Hello everyone.. *wave from California *smile
well I was looking for a image of tropical flowers
and came about this site..*this by far one of my
favorite *sweet smelling flower tree ..
**
I grew up in the South Pacific in the Kingdom Island Of Tonga..
We have 6 huge * I mean huge trees of this lovely
sinful sweet smelling flowers..

At home we call such flower..*MOHOKOI..we wahine or ta'ahine in Tongan love to wear it on our hair
it attract the island *warrior *smiling here..

Well heres wishing everyone a great day and God Bless..


tiarenui


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Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree. Famous perfume tree from which flowers Chanel#5 perfume is produced. Blooms on and off during warm period of year, fills the air for yards away with fine perfume year round.
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Grown in 6"/1 gal pot

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Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang, 3 gal pot

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Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree. Famous perfume tree from which flowers Chanel#5 perfume is produced. Blooms on and off during warm period of year, fills the air for yards away with fine perfume year round.
Special growing instructions are here
Tall trees may be topped due to shipping size limitations.
This plant does not take shipping well. After shipping it may drop leaves, recovers under proper care. Shipped on customers risk. We guarantee healthy plant to be shipped, but no replacements or refunds. We provide the best packaging. You may contact us for express shipping.
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RECOMMENDED FERTILIZERS:
Pink N Good Daily Plant Food - Flower Booster
Tropical Allure - Smart-Release Booster
This item is certified for shipping to California.
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Cananga odorata - Ylang Ylang, Large size

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Ylang Ylang, Perfume Tree, Chanel #5 Tree. Famous perfume tree from which flowers Chanel#5 perfume is produced. Blooms on and off during warm period of year, fills the air for yards away with fine perfume year round.
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This is very large plant, will be shipped only via FedEx Ground.
7 gal pot. This plant is grown in 7 gal pot, more mature than our standard size plants in 3 gal, has a more developed root system, and most of the time thicker trunk and more branches. However actual plant size may vary depending on the growing season and on variety. Dwarf varieties are slow growers and may be shorter trees than upright varieties. See a picture showing the relative size of plants grown in 3 gal and 7 gal.
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