Friday, May 14, 2010

Short and sweet

The Ylang-ylang (Cananga odorata) is another significant plant to the perfume industry. The essential oil extracted from Ylang-ylang flowers is used for the production of floral themed perfumes.

Aside from the tree, there are also vines and climbing Ylang-ylangs.

There is also a dwarf variety (Cananga odorata var. fruticosa) which can be grown as a small tree or kept as a compact shrub. Despite its size its flowers look and smell just the same as those from the tree.

The photo on the left is of one of the two dwarf Ylang-ylangs we have in the garden. Both plants are blooming profusely although they are only a couple of feet tall. But, despite their short stature, the flowers are incredibly sweet.