- Common Name(s):
- Fragrant tea olive, Sweet osmanthus
- 'Apricot Gold', 'Butter Yellow'
Drought tolerant; the least cold-hardy osmanthus; very fragrant flowers in the fall; dense habit; responds well to pruning for shape; large specimen for open areas. Particularly resistant to damage by deer. This plant is slightly salt tolerant. It has a moderate rate of growth.
Seasons of Interest:
Foliage: Evergreen Bloom: Fall
Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems: It is frost sensitive and injury will affect flowering the following fall.
- 10-20 ft.
- Opposite, simple, leathery, lustrous, dark green leaves; 2-5 in. long; finely dentate or entire
- Very fragrant, small white flowers in fall; some flowers in early spring
- Sun to partial shade; prefers fertile, moist, well-drained, acidic soil
- Multi-stemmed, dense shrub; upright; rounded
- 10-14 ft.
NCCES plant id: 1689