Fragrant Olive, Sweet Osmanthus Osmanthus fragrans

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Botanical Name:

Osmanthus fragrans







Common Name:

Fragrant Olive, Sweet Osmanthus

10-20 feet
Minimum Hardiness Zone:
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Growing Info:
Scarification: Soak in water, let stand in water for 24 hours.
Stratification: warm stratify for 90 days, cold stratify for 90 days.
Germination: sow seed 3/8" deep, tamp the soil, mulch the seed bed.
Other: Germination tends to be slow, Germinates faster in warmer temperatures.
In a Nutshell:
* Osmanthus fragrans ( Sweet Osmanthus ; Chinese : ?? guìhu? ; Japanese : ??? kinmokusei ; also known as Sweet Olive, Tea Olive and Fragrant Olive) is a species of Osmanthus native to Asia , from the Himalaya east through southern China ( Guizhou , Sichuan , Yunnan ) and to Taiwan and to southern Japan . Sweet osmanthus is also the 'city flower' of Hangzhou , China. more...
* The unripe fruits are preserved in brine like olives. The very fragrant flowers are used by the Chinese to impart a pleasant aroma to tea, wine and sweet dishes such as lotus seed soup, pastries and steamed pears. They are also added to herbal medicines in order to disguise obnoxious flavours. The flowers have a scent of apricots. more...
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