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Osmanthus delavayi

Common Name:

Plant Type:
Evergreen shrub
Oleaceae (The Olive Family)
Geographic Origin:
China and Taiwan
California Native?:
Plant Size:
4-6 feet high
Landscape/Garden Uses:
Foundation plantings
Flowering Season:
Flower Color:
Sun or light shade
Most soils
Suggested Irrigation:
Moderate watering
Estimated Hardiness:
Hardy to 15 degrees F. or less
This species of Osmanthus has been on the fringes of California horticulture for many years, mysteriously unappreciated. It is a spreading shrub, usually around 6 feet tall at maturity, with a clean bright appearance. Dark, shiny 1 inch leaves are closely set along the slender stems. In spring it bears clusters of tubular white, fragrant blossoms all along the younger stems. Sun or light shade, most soils, moderate watering.