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OSMANTHUS yunnanensis

Commonly known as Sweet olive

Large shrub with long lanceolate leaves and fragrant white flowers in late winter

 

  • Evergreen - leaves to 20cm (8in) long with long, sharp points
  • White
  • Height - 10m (33ft)
  • Spread - 10m (33ft)
  • Tall Shrub - or small tree. Broadly upright at first, later spreading. Produces broadly tubular flowers with lobes to 5mm (¼in) or more across in small axillary clusters. Ovoid, dark purple fruits to 1.5cm (½in) long with a white bloom.
  • Hardy - cold winter - Hardy in most places throughout the UK even in severe winters. May not withstand open/exposed sites or central/northern locations. Plant can withstand temperatures down to -15°C (5°F)
  • Full sun - shelter from cold, drying winds
  • Partial shade
  • Additional Features - Berries - These plants have berries.
  • Good to know - syn. O. forrestii
  • Pests & Diseases - none
  • Place of origin - western China
  • Hardiness - Fully hardy -
  • Pruning group - Pruning group 5
    Suitable for: Evergreen shrubs that require minimal pruning.
    Action: Trim or lightly cut back shoots that spoil symmetry. Deadhead regularly.
    When: Annually after flowering.

    RHS group 8
  • Scented Plants - Scented flowers - - very fragrant
  • Seasonal Interest - Spring -
  • Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil -
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10m (33ft)
Tall Shrub - guide for size not form Average Person
  10m (33ft)
 

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