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Osmanthus suavis

Sweet olive

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Features

  • Growth HabitIrregular bushy
  • Flower ColourWhite, yellow, orange
  • Leaf ColourGreen

Description

Osmanthus suavis (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

Evergreen, Fragrant

Origin

Asia

Interest and use

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

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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

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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