Add the iconic fragrance of Chanel No. 5 to your Florida landscape with the Ylang ylang (pronounced EE-lang EE-lang) tree. Native to the rain forests of tropical Asian countries, this fast-growing ornamental tree has long, drooping branches which produce fragrant, chartreuse blossoms that take on a dark yellow hue just before falling off.
Ylang ylang will start showing pale green blooms when they’re three or four years old. It’s best to plant in full to partial sun where other trees create a windbreak (it IS delicate). Add top soil or peat when you plant; water regularly; and fertilize in spring, summer and fall. You’ll want to keep it professionally pruned to a height of 25 feet or less. You can plant as close as eight feet to your house since it doesn’t have a wide canopy.
Some women’s fragrances that feature ylang ylang in their composition include Chanel No. 5, Guerlain Aqua Allegoria Ylang & Vanilla, Amarige Ylang Ylang and Nina Ricci L’Air du Temps. Specifically, Chanel No. 5 consists of the aromas of a rose, jasmine and ylang ylang flowers.
Why not ask a professional landscape designer for ideas on how to incorporate aromatic Ylang ylang into your landscape? One good source to get your project in full gear is ArtisTree Landscape Maintenance & Design; 941.488.8897.