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Osmanthus delavayi
Common Name: Sweet Olive Family: Oleaceae (The Olive Family)

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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.


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

ClassEvergreen  Primary Bloom ColourWhite/Cream 
TypeShrub  Secondary Bloom Colour 
Height4-6'  Bloom TimeLate Winter - Early Spring 
Spread3-5'  FragranceYes 
Light ExposureFull - Part Sun Part Shade Part Sun Sun  Foliage ColourGreen 
Soil MoistureAverage  Stem Colour 
Hardiness Zone BerriesNo 
BC NativeNo    

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Recommended Companion Plants:
Daphne odora
Helleborus argutifolius "'Silver Lace'"
Helleborus x nigersmithii "Ivory Prince"

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