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Annonaceae, Artabotrys hexapetalus, Ylang-Ylang vine

January 19, 2009

I got seed from a good friend of mine, the only other person I know who has this species. He mentioned something about it being the true Ylang-Ylang. I have found it identified as Artabotrys hexapetalus, originating in India. The plant grows like a sprawling shrub that will turn in to a vine if it is given a support structure. I planted this one next to an Orchid tree (Bauhinia) and a grafted Rambutan and it has effectively grown up into each of them. Although not apparent in the photos, the branches have hook-like protrusions (like Una de Gato (Unicaria), less sharp). These aid the sprawling branches in climbing.

I currently have a large batch of seeds germinating.

Anonaceae, unidentified

12 Comments leave one →
  1. Jayaveer permalink
    September 18, 2009 10:08:54 am

    Hi, I am interested in the seeds to can i know where can i get them in Bangalore?
    Thanks & Regards,

  2. September 18, 2009 10:08:40 pm

    Unfortunately I couldn’t give you any specific seed source in Bangalore, not being terribly familiar with the area. What I would suggest is visiting any notable local botanical gardens. Check their collections and if you can’t find anything, maybe inquire with some of the people working there who are knowledgeable in local plant source. I would imagine there are some incredible botanical resources in the region.

  3. Nimai Hedemark permalink
    October 27, 2009 10:08:41 pm

    Artabotrys hexapetalus is correct. Cananga odorata doesnt develope the hooks nor is it a climber, being a true tree. Cananga odorata is ylang ylang and Artabotrys hexapetalus is sometimes called climbing ylang ylang. They are closely related genera both belonging to the Annonaceae family. You can find a good taxonomic description of Artabotrys hexapetalus on the online flora of pakistan.
    In India I found this to be comonly called Kathali Champa, but it is also called Hari Champa. Its one of my absolute favorite plants.

    Hope that helps
    All the best
    Nimai Hedemark

  4. James Kataoka permalink
    August 4, 2011 10:08:13 am

    Can anyone tell me the difference between Artabotrys hexapetalus and Artabotrys odoratissimus? Are they two different plants or are they two defferent names for the same plant ?

  5. March 7, 2013 10:08:10 pm

    I was just about to purchase Ylang-Ylang AND Bauhinia way back in my early forrays into horticulture…back before the problem of “that won’t grow here!” even entered my tiny hoarding mind…lucky our finances didn’t run to my purchase at the time. We did buy Michelia champaca that are growing amazingly well for tropical trees, Pachypodium lamerei that have also been going great guns and that now have sturdy 2ft tall wickedly spiny trunks (and which we gave one of our precious babies to our ex horticulture lecturer as a parting gift after 4 years studying with him to his obvious delight…) and 5 Dioscorea elephantipes seed that all germinated and are forming wonderful caudexes in the glasshouse…sometimes you just have to go out on a limb and see what will grow and be prepared for successes AND failures. I love your ethos of getting seed and giving it a go and thank you SO much for sharing these wonderful plants up close and personal with us. Most of us would never get the chance to see them, let alone get a good photo of one 🙂

    • March 7, 2013 10:08:20 pm

      If M. champaca grows well for you I would guess some species of Bauhinia would too. Some have excellent edible flowers. Ylang-Ylang is a bit more tropical and probably wouldn’t do so well. But as you point out, you never know until you try it. Do you ever see Casimiroa edulis around where you live? Annona cherimola (Cherimoya) might work for you as well. It’s a sub-tropical It is grown commercially in parts of california and in S. Spain (mediterranean). The taste is very similar to custard apple (A. reticulata).

      • March 7, 2013 10:08:28 pm

        Cheers for that Spencer, our food forest will benefit from some sub tropical fruits. I have been reading a book by an Aussie old school organic pioneeress called Jackie French. If you can get your hands on a book called “The Wilderness Garden” it will give you some idea as to how exciting her ideas are. She was running parallel to Bill Mollison back last centure (I feel SO OLD! 😉 ) and has some amazing insight into how to grow things in our local conditions. A really fascinating and exciting read 🙂

  6. Anonymous permalink
    July 11, 2013 10:08:59 am

    hi,i have Ylang-Ylang vine growing in a pot since the last couple of years,it is about 9 feet tall but has not flowered yet,any reason you might know

    • July 11, 2013 10:08:08 pm

      Thanks for visiting anthropogen and for your comment… There are a number of possible reasons I can think of as to why your Artabotrys might not be flowering:. Some tropical plants may require a dry period to induce flowering. How large is the container you are growing in? Do you irrigate constantly?

      I grew this species years ago in the central american tropics. The plant was in the ground and it didn’t flower until it was pretty well established, probably a few years from seed. So it may also be that you just need to wait a bit longer. .

      – Spencer

      • Anonymous permalink
        July 12, 2013 10:08:07 am

        thanks a lot,will wait for the dry period in winter,i am from mumbai,india where this plant is native,the container is 1.5 feet tall and a feet across,i irrigate about once a month

  7. mustafa permalink
    July 16, 2013 10:08:37 pm

    Hi i have got the seed now – can you tell me how to plant it ? or its just like i just have to place like all the other the full seed into the soil and then wait . are there any special care which i should take ?

    • July 16, 2013 10:08:32 pm

      I would place the seeds about a half inch (1.5 cm) deep in nutrient rich, well drained, soil. Place the container(s) with germinating seeds in an shady area protected from direct sun. Keep the soil humid but not to wet throughout germination process. The seeds could take 2 – 4 weeks to germinate, but once they’ve germinated they will grow quickly as long as they are in the ground or in a large container with good soil. Plant the seeds as soon as you can. The fresher the seeds the better.

      Sometimes it helps to soak the seeds in water overnight before planting.

      Good luck. Please feel free to write with any additional questions.

      On Tue, Jul 16, 2013 at 11:38 AM, anthropogen

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