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Osmanthus fragrans

Common Name(s):
Fragrant tea olive, Sweet osmanthus
Cultivar(s):
Apricot Gold, Butter Yellow
Category:
Shrubs
Comment:

Drought tolerant; the least cold-hardy osmanthus; very fragrant in fall; dense habit; responds well to pruning for shape; large specimen for open areas. Particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
10-20 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, leathery, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2-5 in. long; finely dentate or entire
Flower:
Very fragrant, small white flowers in fall; some flowers in early spring
Zones:
7-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; prefers fertile, moist, well-drained, acidic soil
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Multi-stemmed, dense shrub; upright; rounded
Width:
10-14 ft.
Tags:
fragrant, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 1689

Osmanthus fragrans Osmanthus fragrans leaf and flower detail
Photo by Forest and Kim Starr, CC BY - 2.0
Osmanthus fragrans Osmanthus fragrans growth habit
Photo by Barbara Goodman
Osmanthus fragrans Osmanthus fragrans
Photo by Barbara Goodman