• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Dense shrub 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Key Feature:
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  • Detail
    Plant type:Shrub
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Dense shrub 6 to 10 ft. tall and wide.
    Foliage color:Light Green
    Flower color:White
    Flower attributesFragrant
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    Design IdeasA 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.
  • Care
    Care Information
    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.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    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.