Ylang Ylang

Cananga odorata

Family: Annonaceae


The flowers are not spectacular but very fragrant. In fact, they are used for commercial perfumery (most famously Chanel No.5).

Native to South East Asia and northern Queensland. It belongs to the same family as the custard apple and Indian Mast Tree (Polyalthia longifolia).

Cananga odorata var. fruticosa is a dwarf form

More information to come in future updates. meanwhile, see links section below for more information.


More Online Information


Cananga odorata Taxonomy Research & Information Network, Australia
Ylang Ylang Cananga odorata. Online Manual of Subtropical Landscaping Plants, Palm Beach Community College, Florida
Cananga odorata (Lam.) Hook. f. and Thoms. "Agroforestry in the Pacific Islands: Systems for Sustainability", United Nations University Press
Cananga odorata Trees of Miami, Florida, USA
Cananga odorata, Ilang Ilang University of Florida
Cananga odorata AgroForestryTree Database
Cananga odorata Ecocrop database, FAO
Rare and beautiful trees for south Florida Includes notes on Ylang Ylang. Reproduction of a 1915 article, Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (PDF)
Ylang-ylang University of Wisconsin-Extension Master Gardener Program
Cananga Odorata or Ylang-ylang post at Typicalgardener's Blog, Malaysia
Rare and Beautiful Trees for South Florida (notes on Ylang Ylang) Proceedings of the Florida State Horticultural Society (PDF)
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