A dense shrub whose abundant clusters of small, pure white, sweetly fragrant flowers envelope the plant. A fine informal or neatly sheared shrub for hedges, screens or as a specimen. Plant near walks and entrances to enjoy the fragrance. Evergreen.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring. For a formal appearance, shear annually after flowering.
A beautiful background shrub for shrub or mixed borders. Outstanding jasmine-like fragrance for virtually no care is excellent in foundation plantings near windows and doors where spring floral scent is appreciated. Plant along fence lines or make a fine natural hedge for a visual or physical barrier. Adapts nicely to shearing for topiary forms and formal gardens. A valuable component of the florist's garden for fragrant sprays.
This shrub has been cultivated for centuries in Asia. It is native to the Himalayas and China and probably imported very early in Japan. Its flowers were valuable for seasoning tea and dried for potpourri. In China it was a traditional plant of courtyards temple grounds where the sweet flowers were considered an offering to the gods. Fall blooming osmanthus species are so fragrant when in bloom they are associated with the autumn moon, and it is believed that the pattern of craters on its surface depict an osmanthus plant which sheds shiny seeds that fall to earth as shooting stars in August-September meteor showers. This species was named after its discoverer, Abbe Jean Marie Delavayi 1834-1895, a French Jesuit missionary and botanist in China. He introduced it to Europe in 1890.