Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive)
Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Olive) is a flowering shrub or small tree native to eastern Asia, particularly China and Japan. It is a member of the olive family and can grow up to 10 meters tall.
The leaves of Osmanthus fragrans are evergreen, leathery, and shiny, with a dark green color on the upper surface and a lighter green on the underside. The plant produces clusters of small, white or creamy-yellow flowers that are incredibly fragrant and emit a sweet, fruity scent. The flowers bloom in the fall and can last for several weeks.
The plant prefers well-drained soil and partial shade, but can tolerate a range of soil types and full sun exposure. It is also relatively drought-tolerant once established.
Osmanthus fragrans is often grown as an ornamental plant in gardens and parks due to its attractive foliage and delightful fragrance. It is also used in traditional Chinese medicine to treat various ailments, including coughs, sore throat, and digestive problems. In addition, the flowers are used in tea blends, perfumes, and cosmetics for their sweet aroma. Sweet olive blossoms have a scent that is characterized 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