D12. Ylang Ylang

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The Ylang Ylang is a small flower of the cananga tree.  It is a fast-growing tree that exceeds 5 meters per year and attains an average height of 12 meters.  It grows in full or partial sun, and prefers the acidic soils of its native rainforest habitat.  The leaves are long, smooth and glossy.  The flower is greenish yellow (rarely pink), curly like a sea star, and yields a highly fragrant essential oil.