Native to the Philippines and is known for its fragrant yellow flowers, Ylang Ylang or Cananga odorata is a fast-growing, evergreen tree with drooping branches of up to 6 m long. It grows up to 30 m high with a trunk diameter of up to 30 cm. However, there is a dwarf variety which grows only up to 1.5 m tall and is commonly used as an ornamental tree since it flowers throughout the year but never sets fruits and it is characterized by very curly petals.
Medicinally, ylang ylang is used against fever, blood pressure, malaria, asthma, various skin conditions, conjunctivitis, hypertension, stomach pains, indigestion, colic, and toothache among others. Aside from wide range of medicinal uses, ylang ylang is a great source of wood and fibre. The flowers are made into leis and used as decorations.