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Osmanthus Genus

Sweet olive

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General Needs

  • LightFull sun, Part shade or Shade
  • HardinessFrost tender (min 5°C)
  • SoilClay, Well drained, Fertile, Humus-rich, Chalky
  • Soil pH7.0 to 9.0

Description

Osmanthus genus (Sweet olive). There are about 30 species of evergreen shrubs and trees, They can reach a height of 15m, The flowers are either white or cream and have thick, rigid leaves that may be edged with stout, even hooked, spiny teeth.

Characteristics

Evergreens, Fragrants

Other common names

Devilwood, Chinese holly

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

Grown for their foliage and small, fragrant flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

Cultivation

You should plant in rich, well-drained soil in a sheltered position in either sun or partial-shade. Restrict growth by cutting back after flowering; trim hedges in mid-summer.

Propagation

You can propagate from seeds or cuttings or by layering.

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