Artabotrys hexapetalus – Climbing Ylang Ylang Vine (check back in Sept)

This is a popular rare tropical vine or climber that gets fruity-scented flowers. The yellow-green blooms are not showy, but this Indian plant is sought after for its exotic fragrant flowers.



When young, this climber grows just like the regular Ylang-Ylang Tree but at 5′ or 6′ tall will start to vine. It is not an aggressive vine and won’t take over. Artabotrys are very interesting, medium-sized vines from Asia. They are quite sturdy and easy to grow. Any location from full sun to bright filtered light would be good. Good drainage is important and the soil has to be moderately moist. Artabotrys are vines that can climb on a trellis, fence, or on top of other shrubs with special structures on the stems that resemble hooks. If left by itself, the vine will grow on top of itself forming a mound. Most people who expect large, colorful flowers will be disappointed with the Artabotrys. The flowers appear during the warmer months on mature vines and are greenish/yellow and very often hidden by the leaves. These vines with shiny green leaves are not grown for the flowers. People like them for the unusual fragrance of the flowers. One nickname for this vine is “Juicy fruit vine” because it smells like that type of gum. Artabotrys are tropical vines and have to be protected against freezing temperatures. They can also be grown in containers with proper trimming and brought indoors during cold spells.

FAMILY: Annonaceae
ORIGIN: SE Asia, southern China, India, Sri Lanka
TYPE/USES: Vine/shrub
MATURE SIZE: 10′ – 15′ vine
GROWTH RATE: Very fast growing
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS: Full sun to bright filtered light, grow outdoors when possible
MIN. TEMP. : Low 30s for a short period of time
FLOWER: Warmer months of the year on mature vines


Additional information

Weight 2 lbs
Dimensions 6 × 6 × 36 in
Gardino Nursery