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What's in Bloom at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates?

Evening air heavy with Ylang Ylang fragrance!

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 8th

Last night after the heavy rain I rode my bike along McGregor Blvd and as soon as I got near the Estates, the air was thick with the scent of the Ylang Ylang (Cananga odorata) tree’s flowers.  The Ylang Ylang is near McGregor Blvd in front of the Edison guest house but the scent was traveling past the Ford home.  You may recall from a previous post that the fragrance of the Ylang Ylang is used to make Chanel No. 5.   If you live near the Estates, be sure to come by sometime soon to experience this unique scent!

Britta Soderqvist, Plant Curator

Summer Blooms: Ylang Ylang, Bangar Nut, African Pin Cushion

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On July 23rd

The ylang ylang tree at the Edison & Ford Winter Estates has finally started blooming! The oils of this flower are used to make perfumes such as Chanel No. 5, so you can imagine how fragrant it is.  The tree is close to the fence along McGregor Boulevard in front of the Edison guest house.   There are just a few ylang ylang trees available for purchase in the Estates Garden Shoppe.

The Estates is seeing encore performances from the bangar nut tree (Sterculia foetida) and African pin cushion (Sarcocephalus latifolius) this summer.  Both bloomed in May and are blooming again right now.  The bangar nut is known for its mothball-scented flower and the pin cushion has a unique flower that is sweetly scented.  The bangar nut tree is in the Estates research gardens behind the Banyan Café and the pin cushion is next to the public butterfly garden behind the ticket office.

Plant Spotlight: Ylang Ylang

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 10th

by Dick Dutton, Plant Curator

ylang ylang

Ylang Ylang Tree, Cananga odorata, Annonaceae

The Ylang Ylang is an evergreen tree around 30 to 45 feet tall with gracefully drooping branches.  It is often grown in the gardens of Southeast Asia and has yellow-green, highly fragrant, drooping flowers, which appear almost continuously on the leafy twigs.  The oil of the flower is used to make Chanel No. 5 perfume.

There are two mature Ylang Ylang trees at the Estates, both located near McGregor Blvd in front of the Edison guest house.  Area neighbors walk by the trees just outside the grounds and enjoy the beautiful, exotic fragrance of their flowers.

There are two other forms of the Ylang Ylang on the Estates grounds; a large vine by the pool and cistern and a dwarf scrub bush just inside the fence along McGregor on the Caretaker’s property.

If you are interested in enjoying the Ylang Ylang’s famous fragrance from home, the plant is available for sale in the Estates Garden Shoppe.  The trees for sale are propagated from seeds from the Estates’ own trees.