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Osmanthus delavayi


Of all the fragrant shrubs for the late winter/early spring garden, Osmanthus is one of most delightful. It has stiff, leathery, toothed leaves that are glossy green above and speckled beneath. The tubular flowers are pure white and highly fragrant. Positioned this plant where its sweet perfume can easily be enjoyed, beside a pathway or near a garden seat. Well-drained soil improved with a little compost.

Common Name: Sweet Olive

Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)

Zone Hardiness: 7

Light: Part Shade, Part Sun, Full Sun

Height: 4-6'

Width: 3-5'

Primary Bloom Colour: White/Cream

Secondary Bloom Colour:

Class: Evergreen

Type: Shrub

Bloom Time: Late Winter - Early Spring

Soil Moisture: Average

Stem Colour:

Fragrance: Yes

Berries: No


Deer Resistant: Unknown

BC Native: No

Native Habitat: Dry hillsides, in scrub and forest, often on limestone. Montane regions, ravines, thickets and mixed woods, 2100-3400 m.

Award: AGM, GPP

Geogrpahical Origin: Asia and the Pacific - Asia - China and Japan

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