FloridaGardener.com Get answers to your gardening questions here!Cultural information for hundreds of plants that grow in Florida.   
Books regarding gardening in Florida you can buy online.
Search FloridaGardener.com for something specific.
Tell Us What You Think
Links to other garden-related sites.

 The Patio
  Gardening Games
  About FG

Growing Tips
  Gardening Tips 
  Grow Veggies 
  Soils and Climate 
  Hardiness Zones  
  Butterfly Gardening  
  Build a Greenhouse
  Garden Critters  

Florida Plants
  Native Plants
  Plant of the Month
 Florida Palms
 Poisonous Plants 

  Privacy Statement
 What You Think of FG

Help Us to Keep Growing!

Member of :


The Garden Writers Association

Last Update 06/03/08

Plant of the Month


 Ylang-Ylang, Ilang-Ilang, Perfume Tree

Ylang-Ylang or Cananga has wonderfully scented blooms often used in some of the world's most expensive perfumes.  The plant is native to Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines and northern Australia.  Of the family Annonaceae (Cherimoya) it is cultivated for its unusual flowers and their scent.


Plant Facts:

Common Name:  Ylang-Ylang, Ilang-Ilang, Perfume Tree

Botanical Name:  Cananga Odorata

Family:  Annonaceae (Cherimoya) 

Plant Type:  Large, evergreen tree

Origin: Burma, Malaysia, the Philippines and northern Australia

Zones: 10 - 11

Height:  50 - 75', often grown as a large shrub with constant pruning

Rate of Growth: Fast

Salt Tolerance: Medium

Soil Requirements:  Fertile, well-drained soil

Water Requirements: Requires regular watering

Nutritional Requirements: Balanced liquid fertilizer monthly

Light Requirements: Full sun

Form:  Tall tree or shrub

Leaves:  Bright green, glossy, oblong, 10 or more inches long, 3" wide, drooping

Flowers: Consist of six narrow, twisted, drooping 3 - 4" long petals. Open green but soon turn to yellow, greenish yellow or orange. Blooms throughout the year, but heaviest in late autumn. Give off a sweet, penetrating scent used in the fine perfume industry.

Fruits: Green which turn black when ripe

Pests or diseases:  None major

Uses:  Specimen plant, hedge

Bad Habits: Brittle, pendulous branches break off in high wind.

Cost:  $$ -- reasonable although somewhat difficult to find

Propagation:  Seeds, stem cuttings sometimes successful

Sources:  Tropical Look: An Encyclopedia of Dramatic Landscape Plants

Home | Bookstore | Search | Feedback | Links | The Patio | The Garden Exchange
Plant of the Month | E-Postcards | Gardening Tips | Soils and Climates | Hardiness Zones
Butterfly Gardening | Build A Greenhouse | Florida Palms | Poisonous Plants | Privacy Statement | Pulling Weeds | Florida Gardens | Extension Offices | Water Conservation | Dr. Nehrling

Copyright 1999-2001 FloridaGardener.com All Rights Reserved.