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Osmanthus fragrans /Sweet Olive

Osmanthus fragrans  / Osmanthus fragrans
Delightfully fragrant creamy-white flowers
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Delightfully fragrant creamy-white flowers

Flowers and foliage

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Autumn, winter and spring flowers

Trimmed as a small tree

A large shrub or small tree producing lots of fragrant flowers

A newly planted sweet olive

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Scientific Name: Osmanthus fragrans
Common Name: Sweet Olive
Plant Type: Evergreen
Leaf Type: Broadleaf
Hardiness Zone: 8, 9 Determine Your Zone
Height: 15-20 feet
Spread: 10 - 15 feet
Bloom time: Fall, Winter
Flower color: White
Light Exposure: Sun, Part Sun
Drainage: Well drained, Moist, Wet
Rate of Growth: Moderate
Water Requirement: Medium
Maintenance Level: Low
Susceptible to insects
and diseases:
Landscape Categories: Plants for Hedges, Screening and Privacy
Plants with Fragrance
Comments: One of the most pleasantly fragrant flowers found in the garden. Produces several cycles of flowers beginning in October as soon as the first cool spell rolls in. This large shrub or small tree is long-lived. It may be used as a screen, hedge, in containers and is a favorite for old garden settings.