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SWEET OLIVE
Osmanthus fragrans

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Photo Locations: Dallas Arboretum - Dallas, TX, Cohn Arboretum - Baton Rouge, LA, Los Angeles County Arboretum - Arcadia, CA, Huntington Botanical Gardens - San Marino, CA and Lotusland - Santa Barbara, CA

General Notes

Utility Friendly Tree Utility friendly tree.

Flowers have strong appricot-like fragrance. Older trees may grow taller.

Has fragrant Flower.

Native to China, Japan, and the Himalayas.

Family: Oleaceae

Additional Common Names

SWEET OLIVE, TEA OLIVE, FRAGRANT OLIVE

Tree Characteristics

Oval Shape.

Has Evergreen foliage.

Height: 10 - 20 feet.

Width: 6 - 8 feet.

Growth Rate: 24 Inches per Year.

Longevity 50 to 150 years.

Leaves Elliptic to Oblong, Glossy Medium Green, No Change, Evergreen.

Flowers Showy. Fragrant Flowers in Spring or Summer. Has perfect flowers (male and female parts in each flower).

Black or Mostly Blue Drupe, Very Small (Under 0.25 inches), fruiting in Fall.

Bark Dark Gray, Rough.

Shading Capacity Rated as Dense in Leaf.

Litter Issue is Dry Fruit.

Tree Site Conditions & Constraints

Sunset Zones 8, 9 and 12 - 24; H1.

USDA Hardiness Zones 9 - 10.

Exposure Full Sun to Partial Shade.

Moist to Dry Soil.

Drought tolerant.

Clay, Loam or Sand Texture.

Highly Acidic to Highly Alkaline Soil pH.

Seaside Tolerance is Good in Mild Zone.

Health, Safety & Environmental Concerns

Branch Strength Rated as Medium.

Root Damage Potential Rated as Low.

Allergy Health Hazard.

Biogenic Emissions considered Low.

Attracts Birds.

Special Uses & Values

Screen.

Espalier or Hedged.

Cite this tree:
SelecTree. "Osmanthus fragrans Tree Record." 1995-2020. Jun 5, 2020.
< https://selectree.calpoly.edu/tree-detail/osmanthus-fragrans >

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