This evergreen and fast-growing tree with exciting leaves is the source for the world’s most famous perfume. The bright green to lemon-yellow flowers emit an intense, sweet fragrance. Older leaves appear dark yellow in colour. The rain forest plant is wind tolerant and resistant against pests. Flowers are harvested just once a year and then only early in the morning. In Malayan “Ylang Ylang” means “the flower of flowers”. In 1921, Gabrielle Coco Chanel and Ernest Bo where looking for the perfect fragrance for women and found it in the flowers of the Cananga plant. Since the perfume was sold on the fifth day of the fifth month of the year for the first time, it was consequently named Chanel No. 5. The tree develops medium-sized leaves and within European regions the trunk reaches 10-15 cm tops in diameter. Cultivated in a tub, the plant is able to grow to 2 metres tall and to a height of 6-7 metres when raised outdoors.
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