Renowned for the powerful apricot fragrance of its flowers, this broadleaf evergreen shrub or small tree is native to China, Japan and the Himalayas. The small, tubular, white flowers occur in autumn and spring, and sometimes at other seasons. Yellow- and orange-flowered forms are sometimes cultivated. The leaves are glossy and dark green with toothed or smooth edges.
Sweet olive thrives in moist, acidic to neutral, well-drained soils and partial shade or full sun. It appreciates shelter from cold winds or hot sun. It excels in informal hedges or mixed borders, or anywhere its floral scent may be appreciated. It also works well in a bright, cool position indoors. (source: learn2grow.com)
Genus - Osmanthus
Species - Fragrans
Common name - Tea Olive
Pre-Treatment - Required
Hardiness zones - 7 - 11
Height - 10'-30' / 3.0m - 9.1m
Spread - 6'-20' / 1.8m - 6.1m
Plant type - Shrub / Tree
Vegetation type - Evergreen
Exposure - Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade
Growth rate - Medium
Soil PH - Acidic, Neutral
Soil type - Clay, laom, Sand, well drained
Water requirements - Average Water
Landscape uses - Container, Feature Plant, Hedges, Houseplant, Mixed Border, Screening / Wind Break, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
Germination rate - 86%
Bloom season - Spring, Late Spring, Early Fall, Fall
Leaf / Flower color - Dark Green / White, orange
|Germination||1. Soak in very warm water for 24 hours, keep it warm all the time.|
2. Stratify cold/moist in moist vermiculite or sterile sand for 60 days.
3. Sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
IMPORTANT: germination tends to be slow, but faster in warmer temperatures.