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Ylang Ylang

The Ylang Ylang tree, Cananga odorata , is a tropical tree native to Southeast Asia, particularly in Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines. It belongs to the Annonaceae family and is renowned for its fragrant flowers.

The Ylang Ylang tree is a perennial plant that can reach heights up to 20 meters.
The Ylang Ylang tree is known for its highly fragrant flowers. These unique star-shaped blooms have drooping petals and are yellowish-green. The tree can be recognised by its smooth, light grey bark and large, glossy, elliptical leaves. When the flowers cluster together, they emit a sweet, exotic scent often described as floral, fruity, and slightly spicy. It’s truly a sight to behold!
Ylang Ylang trees thrive in tropical climates with  Commonly cultivated for essential oil, extracted from the flowers through steam distillation.
Ylang Ylang oil is a popular ingredient in perfumery and aromatherapy due to its rich, floral aroma and reputed therapeutic properties. It is used in various beauty and personal care products, including perfumes, lotions, and massage oils. Ylang Ylang oil is thought to have multiple benefits, including mood enhancement, stress relief, and aphrodisiac effects.

In traditional medicine, various parts of the Ylang Ylang tree can treat ailments such as malaria, digestive issues, and skin conditions. The oil is sometimes applied topically to promote hair growth and improve skin health.

PLEASE NOTE: Imported Tropical Trees are small in size:

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Ylang Ylang trees in rich, well-draining soil and ample sunlight.


Slightly acidic to neutral, and consistently moist soil is required. Providing the right soil conditions is essential for the successful cultivation of Ylang Ylang trees and the production of high-quality flowers for essential oil extraction. Plant in acid compost mixed with your garden soil or potting soil if planting in the ground. Soil that retains too much water can lead to root suffocation and disease.


Adequate moisture helps promote healthy growth and flowering. However, the soil should not remain waterlogged for extended periods.


Pruning Ylang Ylang trees is important for maintaining their health, shape, and promoting optimal flowering.
Pruning is crucial. It’s best to do so in late winter or early spring when the tree is dormant. This strategic timing is key to maintaining the tree’s health and promoting optimal flowering. Pruning during active growth or flowering periods can actually reduce flower production, so it’s important to avoid it.


Ylang Ylang flowers require skill and attention to detail to ensure the production of high-quality essential oil prized in the perfumery and aromatherapy industries. Sustainable harvesting practices are essential to protect Ylang Ylang trees and their natural habitats for future generations.

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