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Cananga odorata var. fruticosa


Cananga odorata var. fruticosa

Family Name: Annonaceae
Common Name: Dwarf Ylang-Ylang Tree


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Classifications and Characteristics

Plant Division Angiosperms (Flowering Seed Plants)
Plant Growth Form Shrub
Mode of Nutrition Autotrophic


Native Distribution Thailand, Indonesia and Malaysia
Native Habitat Terrestrial
Preferred Climate Zone Tropical

Description and Ethnobotany

Growth Form Small-sized shrub, compact, able to grow to about 1 - 2 m tall tall.
Flowers Yellow fragrant flowers with curled petals.
Associated Flora Dwarf form of Cananga odorata.
Etymology Genus Cananga is derived from a Tagalog name "alang ilang" and also refers to the perfume produced from the fragrant flowers. Species odorata means fragrant or sweet-scented. 

Landscaping Features

Desirable Plant Features Ornamental Flowers, Fragrant
Landscape Uses Parks & Gardens, Small Gardens

Plant Care and Propagation

Light Preference Full Sun
Water Preference Moderate Water
Rootzone Tolerance Moist Soils, Well-Drained Soils


Mature Foliage Colour(s) Green
Leaf Area Index (LAI) for Green Plot Ratio 4.5 (Shrub & Groundcover - Dicot)

Floral (Angiosperm)

Flower Colour(s) Yellow / Golden

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Master ID 479
Species ID 1775
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Species record last updated on: 02 December 2021.