Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans 'Aurantiacus')

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Shrub
Sun Requirements: Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Mesic
Plant Height: 10 to 16 feet (3-5 m)
Leaves: Evergreen
Flowers: Showy
Flower Color: Orange
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Fall
Uses: Flowering Tree
Culinary Herb
Dried Flower
Edible Parts: Flowers
Propagation: Other methods: Cuttings: Stem

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Location: Botanical Gardens of the State of Georgia...Athens, GaDate: 2018-10-28Orange Fragrant Tea Olive 001
By dawiz1753
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Location: Zone 9 Louisiana on my patioDate: 2018-10-24Only blooms once a year in October
By tabbycat
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Location: Zone 9 Louisiana in my backyardDate: 2018-10-24Blooms are right on wood of branches
By tabbycat
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Location: Santa Cruz Mountains, CaliforniaDate: 2013-11-05
By Henhouse
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Posted by tabbycat (Youngsville, LA - Zone 9b) on Oct 27, 2018 11:47 AM

I got my plant by accident at a closing plant nursery that didn't have it tagged. I recognized it as a sweet olive and got it at a very low close-out price. That was in early March. I was surprised when it didn't flower as others here do in late spring and off and on through the year. Wow, was I overjoyed when I went out one day in October and it was full of fragrant orange/gold flowers. I researched and ID'd it. It's growing in a large pot in my back yard, where each October it is a sight to behold for about 3 weeks. It could get large, but in the pot in 5 years it's stayed 6 ft. tall and 4 ft. wide by my choice. I'm trying to root cuttings, but none have taken in several tries through the years. Its only downside is that it only blooms once a year in fall.

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