Ylang-ylang is native to Southeast Asia, from Cambodia to New Guinea and northern Australia. In its native distribution it reaches a height of 60 feet, with a trunk 1 foot or more in diameter. The leaves are up to 8 inches long and are arranged in two rows along drooping branches. Flowers are up to 6 inches long and are easily confused with the foliage. Ylang-ylang oil, distilled from the flowers, is a main ingredient of several famous perfumes. Fruits are up to 1 inch long and are greenish or blackish. It flowers and produces fruits throughout the year. The generic name derives from the common name for the tree in Malaysia. The species name means odorous, in reference to the flower’s fragrance.

The photographed tree is near the entrance to the General Library. There are other trees in front of the Chemistry Building, east of the Dispensary, south of Building, and at the Natatorium sports complex, and behind the Biology Building.

Cananga odorata (Annonaceae)