Botanical name: Osmanthus
Botanical name: Osmanthus
Osmanthuss are a relatively small group of evergreen shrubs and small trees. Many species within the genus, sporting long, graceful leaves, and bundles of white flowers are popular as ornamentals in parks and gardens. Several species within the genus are used to make teas, wines, and even perfumes.
Species of Osmanthus
Sweet osmanthus 'Fudingzhu'
Sweet osmanthus 'Fudingzhu' is an evergreen shrub with an oriental name that reflects this plant's unique East Asian origin. One of the plant's main appeals is its highly fragrant peach-smelling blossoms that are pure white and particularly abundant in this showy hybrid.
Holly osmanthus 'Goshiki'
The holly osmanthus 'Goshiki' is so named because goshiki means five-colored, and its leaves have variegated coloring. The shrub's appearance is sharp, and the leaves have numerous needlelike tips. Amid the green are swirls of pink, cream, orange, and yellow that make it an eye-catcher. They can brighten a darker area of any garden and make a lovely accompaniment to a pathway.
Orange-flowered tea olive
The sweet scented flower grows as an evergreen shrub, more rarely as a small tree and reaches stature heights of 3 to 5 meters, rarely up to 10 meters. It usually grows multi-stemmed, with the trunks typically sharing near the ground. The crown is wide-spreading; older specimens are about as wide as they are tall.
Holly osmanthus 'Variegatus'
Holly osmanthus 'Variegatus's are a relatively small group of evergreen shrubs and small trees. Many species within the genus, sporting long, graceful leaves, and bundles of white flowers are popular as ornamentals in parks and gardens. Several species within the genus are used to make teas, wines, and even perfumes.
Holly osmanthus 'Gulftide'
The holly osmanthus 'Gulftide' hybrid has a better cold tolerance than the holly osmanthus parent plant. It is named Holly osmanthus 'Gulftide' for the Gulf Stream Nursery in Virginia, where it was developed. With its attractive holly-shaped leaves, it offers excellent year-round garden interest. It is very popular for hedging.
Sweet osmanthus (Osmanthus fragrans) is a large evergreen flowering shrub. Sweet osmanthus's small white and orange flowers smell like apricots. This species is also referred to as by the Fragrant Tea Olive.
Holly olive (Osmanthus heterophyllus) is a plant species also known as false holly. It is a hardy, fuss-free bush that makes an excellent hedge. Although it resembles traditional holly, it is not a true holly bush. Holly olive grows well in rich, moist soil with partial shade in the heat of summer. It is drought tolerant.