Despite the heavy rain in December and lack of tender care on my part, my ylang ylang (kenanga) plant has been doing well.
I was amazed to see a lot of buds coming out and none of the white pest problem mentioned earlier. After some reading, I got to know that the kenanga plant will flower year-round, but mainly during the rainy season.
It took me a while to see the flower turns fully yellow.The yellow-green flowers are highly fragrant. I read somewhere that the flowers are used for production of Chanel No.5 perfume.
Kenanga or ylang ylang belongs to the family of Annonaceae. Its scientific name is Canangium odoratum. The normal tree can grow up to 30-35 metres. However for home gardening purpose, there are hybrid plants that can start flowering even when the height is less than 2 metres.
Maybe what I have in my garden is actually the dwarf variety known as Cananga fruticosa, Cananga odorata var. Fruticosa, Cananga kirkii.