Growing Chinese Perfume Trees
Chinese perfume trees are small evergreen trees in the mahogany family. A Chinese perfume tree is an ornamental plant in American gardens, typically growing to 10 feet or under and producing intensely fragrant sprays of unusual yellow flowers. If you are growing Chinese perfume trees, you need to know that an individual tree will bear either male or female flowers. Both types of flowers are fragrant, but only a pollinated female flower produces the fruit, a small berry with one seed inside. Chinese perfume tree care begins with planting the tree in an appropriate location. The trees are only hardy in U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zones 10 through 11. In cooler regions, you can grow Aglaia odorata plants in containers and move them indoors when temperatures drop. The trees will need well-draining soil and a location with full or partial sun. Plant them in a location with some shade if your region is hot in the summer. Container plants brought inside should be located next to sunny windows. They’ll need moderate but regular irrigation. The soil must dry out between watering times.
Also, fertilize the Chinese perfume trees monthly during the growing season, using a general-purpose fertilizer. Containerized Chinese perfume trees should be fertilized every other week during spring and summer, using a water-soluble houseplant fertilizer diluted to half the strength indicated on the package label.
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