In our home gardens and landscapes, the sweet olive has arguably the greatest aroma of any plant. It develops to be a big evergreen shrub or small tree with a height of 20-30 feet and a width of 10 feet. In the spring and fall, clusters of small cream-colored blooms with a strong smell appear. Sweet olives are native to China and Japan, where they thrive in cold, wet winters and hot summers. It grows well in loam soils with consistent rainfall and protection from harsh sun exposure across the Inland Empire. Sweet olive blossoms have a scent that is characterised as a mix of citrus and gardenia.
Botanical Name : Osmanthus fragrans
Common Name : Sweet Olive
Height : 20 – 30 ft
Spread : 10 ft
Germination Info : 90 days warm stratification followed by 90 days cold stratification recommended
Hardiness zone : 8-10
Average seed per ounce : Approx. 144