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Ylang ylang

Cananga odorata

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Ylang ylang is part of the Cananga genus and its scientific name is Cananga odorata. The odorata part of this plant's botanical name means 'fragrant'.

A tropical tree originating in the Philippines, valued for its perfume.

Treat as an evergreen - it will keep its leaves throughout the year.

Normally reaching to a mature height of 39.62 feet (12.19 metres).

Philippines is believed to be where Ylang ylang originates from.

This plant info is provided by the myfolia gardener's wiki. All details about Ylang ylang have been kindly provided by our members.

How to grow Ylang ylang

  • Full Sun

  • Partial Sun

  • Low

Ylang ylang likes a position of full sun / partial sun and remember to apply water fairly sparingly.

See our list of companion Plants for Ylang ylang to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

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Ylang ylang Etymology

Philippines legend tells of a childless couple who were promised a daughter by the gods. It was conditional that the girl upon reaching womanhood should never touch a man. The girl was named Ilang which means flower. She grew into a very beautiful woman and had many suitors, however, her parents guarded her from them. One day when her parents were away a young man who loved her dearly, took her by the hand and asked her to be his wife. The girl instantly turned into a tree with beautifully fragrant flowers. The legend says that “the young man cried out ’Ilang! Ilang!” and continues to wander the magic garden to this day.1

Other names for Ylang ylang


Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook. f. & Thomson

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