- BOTANICAL NAME: Osmanthus fragrans
- PRONUNCIATION: oz-MAN-thus FRAY-grans
- COMMON NAME: Fragrant Tea Olive
- FAMILY: Oleaceae
- NATIVITY: China
- GROWTH HABIT: Large rounded shrub.
- SIZE: 20 - 30' but usually does not reach this size due to lack of hardiness.
- HARDINESS: Zone 8 - 9, least hardy of the commonly grown osmanthus.
- CULTURE: Sun to partial shade and moist soil.
- LANDSCAPE USE: Large shrub useful for the evergreen foliage and fragrant flowers. Probably best used as a containerized plant in the conservatory or outdoors in spring through fall.
- FOLIAGE: Opposite, oblong to lanceolate with few small or no serrations.
Leaves are 2 - 4" long.
- BARK: Gray.
- FLOWERS: Small white flowers in late April. Possibly the most fragrant of all
the osmanthus. Unusual in that the plants flower in the spring.
- FRUIT: Bluish black drupe.
- PROPAGATION: Seed, cuttings.
- PESTS: None serious.
- O. fragrans var. aurantiacus - pale orange flowers that are rather attractive.