Chinese Perfume Tree Care: Growing Chinese Perfume Tree

The Chinese Perfume Tree (Aglaia odorata) is one of the most popular plants in China. It’s also known as the “flowering” or “blooming” tree because it produces flowers every year. The trees are native to China, but they have been cultivated widely throughout Asia and Africa. They’re sometimes called “tree of immortality.”

In China, these trees are often planted near homes, where they provide shade and produce fragrant flowers. You may even see them growing in parks or other public places. Some people use the trees as a decoration, while others cultivate them for their fragrant flowers.

Growing Chinese Perfume Tree Care: Propagation Methods & Fertilization

Propagating Chinese Perfume Tree is easy if you follow some simple rules. If you want to grow your own Chinese perfume tree, here are some tips on how to do so.

How To Grow A Chinese Perfume Tree: How To Propagate And Water

You’ll need a good soil mix with organic matter such as composted manure or peat moss. You can buy soil mixes online from garden centers or even make your own using the following steps:

1. Mix 1 part composted manure with 3 parts water in a bucket.

2. Let the mixture sit for one week and then water again.

3. Sift the mixture with a screen to remove any large pieces, then put it in a container.

4. Fill a separate container with another 3 parts sand and 1 part composted manure.

Stir well.

5. Mix the sandy soil with the sodden manure mixture from step one.

6. Sift the mixture with a screen to remove any large pieces, then put it in a pot.

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If you want to grow one tree from a seed, plant the seed in the center of the pot and cover it with a thin layer of soil. Follow the above steps to prepare your soil mixture. As the tree grows, add more soil around its base, but don’t bury the stem.

Water the tree regularly to keep the soil moist. Never allow the soil to dry out.

If you want to grow more than one tree, you may want to consider planting the seeds in a small patch. Follow the steps above to prepare your soil mixture and sow the seeds 3 inches deep. Keep the soil moist, but not swampy or wet. Thin out some of the seedlings so there’s about 3 feet between each plant once they’re mature.

Luckily, most plants that are grown from cuttings or air-layers will produce new trees. To grow a new tree, follow these steps:

1. Cut off a branch that has buds on it.

Make sure it is healthy and green in color.

2. Remove the leaves from the lower portion of the cutting.

3. Dip the bottom inch or so of the cutting in rooting hormone.

This can be found at most garden centers.

4. Stick the lower end of the cutting into potting soil.

Ensure that the cutting does not touch the bottom of the container or it may rot.

5. Keep the soil moist, but not wet.

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Never let it dry out.

If you want to make sure your tree produces flowers, you may need to prune it during the first growing season. Cut back any stems or branches that aren’t growing straight upwards.

The flowers will grow the second or third year and will be small and green in color. They usually appear in September or October. Once the flowers are spent, small fruits will develop. These fruits are orange when they’re ripe.

The strong, lemon-scented oil can be extracted from the fruit rind or from the leaves. Follow these steps to extract the scented oil:

1. Cut the rind into small pieces and boil in water.

2. Strain out the pieces of rind with a strainer or butter muslin.

3. Boil the liquid again to concentrate it.


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64 Popular Types of Bonsai Trees You Can Grow by E Tovar –

Growing ‘the wood of the gods’: agarwood production in southeast Asia by GA Persoon, HH van Beek – … Tree Growing for Rural Development and …, 2008 – Springer

Planting of jaboticaba trees for landscape repair of degraded area by MRR Gobato, R Gobato… – … Architecture and Regional …, 2018 –



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