Sweet Almond Bush (Aloysia virgata)

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 8a -12.2 °C (10 °F) to -9.4 °C (15 °F)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 11
Plant Height: 8 to 15 feet (2.4-4.6m)
Plant Spread: 8 feet 2.4m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: White
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Late summer or early fall
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem
Containers: Suitable in 3 gallon or larger


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Posted by batflower (Nova Scotia Canada - Zone 6a) on Sep 27, 2011 6:21 PM

I grow this plant as a house plant. It flowers continually and the scent is amazing

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Posted by Dutchlady1 (Sunny Naples, Florida - Zone 10a) on Oct 23, 2011 7:35 PM

This plant has an intense fragrance of sweet almonds, which will stop you in your tracks as you are walking past it.

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Posted by imabirdnut (North Texas - Zone 7b) on Aug 16, 2012 2:45 PM

The aroma is amazing!

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Posted by terrafirma (Jacksonville, Fl. - Zone 9a) on Sep 1, 2015 11:54 AM

The Sweet Almond bush has the most amazing vanilla/almond fragrance. No matter the time of day, I go out to the yard and a waft of fragrance surrounds me. Ours has been in the ground about 2 years now. It has reached a height of about 12 feet, with a width that I'd estimate to be about 8 feet. The more room you can give it, the better. As has been said earlier, the bees adore this plant.
I would love to hear whether you have had experience with limbing this up, and creating a tree.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
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Blooming in August... by wcgypsy Aug 29, 2017 1:10 PM 26
Aloysia virgata / Sweet Almond Bush by wcgypsy Jul 4, 2016 12:28 PM 7
What is Fragrant in your Garden Now? by LlamaLlori Jan 5, 2016 9:33 PM 35
Favourites just for the scent alone. by Handed May 30, 2018 8:22 AM 239
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Seeking recommendations for a very fragrant climber by rosebud Jun 28, 2013 8:50 AM 11
New Grasses for Me....... by wcgypsy Aug 14, 2011 8:54 AM 8
Aloysia virgata.. by wcgypsy Aug 4, 2011 9:28 PM 12
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