Aglaia odorata is a shrub or small tree, native to Central Asia; plants grown in the ground can reach 2-3 meters in height, but these are very slow-growing plants, which often remain below one meter in height.
They have an erect stem, often quite twisted, very branched, the bark is greyish, with the passing of the years it becomes rough and cracked; the leaves are oval, spatulate or pointed, vaguely reminiscent of the leaves of the ficus; they are dark green, shiny and slightly leathery, evergreen.
Flowering occurs throughout the year; produces small flowers, reminiscent of rice grains, yellow in color, gathered in clusters, with a very intense and pleasant aroma. These plants can also be grown in containers, repotting them during the autumn period, every 3-5 years.
Aglaia odorata plants prefer sunny, or even partially shaded positions.
Young plants don't like cold weather and must be grown in the cold greenhouse during the winter months, avoiding exposing them to frost;
the specimens of some years can instead endure short frosts, but it is however advisable to plant them in a place sheltered from the wind or cover them with non-woven fabric during the coldest weeks. They are however quite resistant plants, obviously, it is necessary to evaluate when the climate is too harsh.