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Osmanthus fragrans - Sweet Olive
   
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Habit and Cultural Information
Category: Shrub
Family: Oleaceae (Olives)
Origin: Himalaya Mountain Region (Asia)
Evergreen: Yes
Flower Color: White
Bloomtime: Spring/Summer
Fragrant Flowers: Yes
Height: 8-10 feet
Width: 8-12 feet
Exposure: Cool Sun/Light Shade
Irrigation (H2O Info): Medium Water Needs
Winter Hardiness: 20-25 F
Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive) - A dense evergreen fairly slow growing shrub that typically grows to 10 feet tall and 12 feet wide but can be trained into a taller small tree, with glossy green oval 2 1/2 to 4 inch long leaves with slightly serrated margins and are bronze as they first emerge. It have very fragrant 1/4 inch wide dioecious cream-white flowers and is in bloom sporadically throughout the year, with peak flowering in spring and summer. Plant in full sun along the coast to part sun or light shade and water regularly to occasionally. Hardy to temperatures down to 15 to 20F and useful in USDA Zones 8b and above. It does not do well with reflected heat or hot drying winds, but is pretty resistant to predation by deer. The glossy leaves make it a clean and nice looking shrub, but the sweetly fragrant small white flowers that perfume the air makes it a wonderful addition for any garden where it can be a specimen plant, used as a hedge por screen or trained as a small tree and makes a good container specimen. Sweet Olive is native to Asia from the Himalayas east through southern China (Guizhou, Sichuan, Yunnan), Taiwan, southern Japan and south into Cambodia and Thailand. The name for the genus comes from the Greek words 'osme' meaning "fragrant" and "anthos" meaning "flower" and the specific epithet means fragrant. It is also commonly known as Fragrant Osmanthus, Sweet Osmanthus, Tea Olive and Fragrant Olive. We have grown this wonderful plant since the when the nursery opened in 1979.  The information on this page is based on research conducted about this plant in our library and from reliable online sources. We also take into consideration observations of this plant in our nursery crops, as well as of plants growing in the nursery's garden and those in other gardens we visit. We also will incorporate comments that we receive from others and welcome getting feedback from anyone who may have additional information, particularly if it includes cultural information that would aid others in growing Osmanthus fragrans.