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Sweet Olive

Sweet Olive
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Plant Profile
Botanical Name Osmanthus fragrans
Features Fragrant olive (also sweet olive or sweet tea) produces clusters of not particularly showy flowers that have an extremely powerful apricot fragrance. Features oval, leathery, glossy green leaves (to 4” long). Leaf margins may be smooth or finely toothed. Tiny white flowers appear in axillary clusters in spring, with some sporadic bloom through the summer into fall.
Exposure Sun or partial shade
Hardiness Zone USDA Zones 9-10
Mature Size 20' Tall, 20 Wide
Genus Description Osmanthus is a genus of about 15-20 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees from woodland in Asia, the Pacific islands, and S. US. They are grown for their foliage and flowers. The leaves are lance­-shaped to ovate, borne in opposite pairs. The small, tubular, 4-lobed, usually fragrant, white, occasionally yellow or orange flowers are produced in mainly axillary clusters or terminal panicles. The flowers are usually followed by ovoid, blue-black fruits. Osmanthus species and cultivars are ideal for a shrub border or woodland garden. The Osmanthus Fragrans (Sweeet Olive) is a vigorous, upright shrub or small tree with oblong to oblong-lance­shaped, leathery, entire or finely toothed, glossy, dark green leaves, 4-5in (10-13cm) long. Tubular, very fragrant white flowers, the lobes to ½ in (1.5cm) across, appear singly or in few-flowered, axillary clusters from autumn to spring; they are followed by ovoid, blue-black fruit, to ½ in (1.5cm) long.
Care Tips
Cultivation Outdoors, grow in fertile, well-drained, neutral to acid soil in sun or partial shade, with shelter from winter sun and wind. Under glass, grow in soil-based potting mix in full light with shade from hot sun. When in growth, water freely and apply a balanced liquid fertilizer monthly; water sparingly in winter. Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry annually or after flowering. Remove dead and damaged growth in mid-spring. Dead head regularly if practical (unless fruit are desired). Trim hedges after flowering.
Pests and Diseases Susceptible to black mildew, anthracnose, olive knot, Verticillium wilt, and root rot, as well as scale insects.

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