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Sweet osmanthus     

Osmanthus fragrans

'Sweet osmanthus' is a plant in the Osmanthus genus with a scientific name of Osmanthus fragrans.

Tiny but beautifully fragrant flowers. Fragrance like ripe apricots.
Extended flowering period – spring to autumn.
Slow growing.

Blooms appear in these approximate colours:   Floral white and   Flavescent. When mature, blooms are roughly 0.3 cm (that's 0.12 inches in imperial) in diameter.The mature flowers take a clustered form, with an approximate petal count of 4. Leaves appear approximately as a   Lincoln green and   British racing green colour. Sweet osmanthus grows as an evergreen and is a flowering ornamental. Being an evergreen plant, it will keep its leaves throughout the year. Sweet osmanthus normally grows to a shrubby habit with a max height of 9.75 feet (that's 3.00 metres metric). This plant tends to bloom in late summer. Try planting Sweet osmanthus if you'd like to attract bees to your garden.

China is believed to be where Sweet osmanthus originates from.

Sweet osmanthus is normally fairly low maintenance and is normally quite easy to grow, as long as a level of basic care is provided throughout the year. Being aware of the basic soil, sun and water preferences will result in a happier and healthier plant.

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How to grow Sweet osmanthus

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Grows well in subtropics to temperate climates. Drought tolerant once established.

A full sun / partial sun position will ensure your plant thrives and remember to apply water fairly sparingly. Zone 7 to 10 are typically the USDA Hardiness Zones that are appropriate for this plant (although this can vary based on your microclimate). Try to keep the ph of your soil between the range of 5.0 and 7.5 as Sweet osmanthus likes to be in moderately acidic soil - weakly alkaline soil. Keep in mind when planting that Sweet osmanthus is thought of as hardy, so this plant will survive close to or on freezing temperatures.

See our list of companion Plants for Sweet osmanthus to see which plants you should plant in close proximity to encourage growth.

Growing Sweet osmanthus from seed

Transplanting Sweet osmanthus

Easiest to grow from a heel cutting (previous year’s wood), in late summer/autumn.

Ensure that temperatures are mild and all chance of frost has passed before planting out, as Sweet osmanthus is a hardy plant.

Common Sweet osmanthus problems

These problems, diseases and pests are known to affect Sweet osmanthus plants:

Sweet osmanthus Etymology

The botanical epithet is from the Latin fragrans meaning “sweet-scented”

Sweet osmanthus Folklore & Trivia

Flowers are used for scenting chinese tea

Other names for Sweet osmanthus

Tea olive, Sweet olive, Fragrant olive, Guihua, Kinmokusei

Sweet osmanthus care instructions

How long does Sweet osmanthus take to grow?

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Popular varieties of Sweet osmanthus

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