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Osmanthus fragrans is often confused with:
Osmanthus x fortunei Osmanthus x fortunei in the fall in Moore County
Plants that fill a similar niche:
Camellia sasanqua Camellia sasanqua
Myrica cerifera Myrica cerifera
Juniperus virginiana Juniperus virginiana
Osmanthus fragrans has some other problems:
Frost Damage

Osmanthus fragrans

Phonetic Spelling
oz-MAN-thus FRAY-granz
Description

The least cold-hardy osmanthus; very fragrant flowers in the fall; dense habit; responds well to pruning for shape; large specimen for open areas.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: It is frost sensitive and injury will affect flowering the following fall.

See this plant in the following landscape:
Plant Walls and Hedges
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Apricot Gold'
  • 'Aurantiacus'
  • 'Butter Yellow'
  • 'Fudingzhu'
  • 'Hangzhouhuang'
  • 'Thunbergii'
'Apricot Gold', 'Aurantiacus', 'Butter Yellow', 'Fudingzhu', 'Hangzhouhuang', 'Thunbergii'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#fall interest#playground#buffer#deer resistant#children's garden#screening
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • 'Apricot Gold'
  • 'Aurantiacus'
  • 'Butter Yellow'
  • 'Fudingzhu'
  • 'Hangzhouhuang'
  • 'Thunbergii'
'Apricot Gold', 'Aurantiacus', 'Butter Yellow', 'Fudingzhu', 'Hangzhouhuang', 'Thunbergii'
Tags:
#fragrant#evergreen#fragrant flowers#drought tolerant#salt tolerant#fall interest#playground#buffer#deer resistant#children's garden#screening
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Osmanthus
    Species:
    fragrans
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Uses (Ethnobotany):
    The flowers of this plant are used in teas and other beverages that are consumed in the Far East. Extracts from the flower are highly valuable, and are used in some of the most expensive perfumes.
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Play Value:
    Buffer
    Fragrance
    Screening
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    Deer resistant, drought tolerant, and slightly salt tolerant.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 14 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Erect
    Multi-stemmed
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Occasionally Dry
    Available Space To Plant:
    6-feet-12 feet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    7b, 7a, 8b, 8a, 9b, 9a, 10b, 10a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Winter
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Fall
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Very fragrant, small white flowers in fall; some flowers in early spring
  • Leaves:
    Woody Plant Leaf Characteristics:
    Broadleaf Evergreen
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Feel:
    Leathery
    Leaf Value To Gardener:
    Long-lasting
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Margin:
    Dentate
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Opposite, simple, leathery, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2-5 in. long; finely dentate or entire
  • Bark:
    Surface/Attachment:
    Smooth
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Children's Garden
    Drought Tolerant Garden
    Design Feature:
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Salt