Osmanthus fragrans

(Sweet Osmanthus)

By June 24, 2022
Close up of orange flowers and green foliage of a Osmanthus fragrans or Sweet Osmanthus shrub

About Osmanthus fragrans (Sweet Osmanthus)

This large fragrant shrub is called Osmanthus fragrans. Notable for its fragrance, each spring clusters of small white flowers bloom offering an inviting fruit fragrance. An evergreen variety,  Osmanthus fragrans or Sweet Osmanthus, boasts dark green leaves with toothed edges that last throughout the year. As an upright, slower grower, this variety reaches an average mature landscape size of 9-10′ tall by 6-8′ wide.

Planting and care instructions

Plant Sweet Osmanthus in an area that receives full to partial sun using well draining soil. Water regularly after planting to help establish its roots then reduce frequency. During periods of extreme heat water more frequently to protect foliage from leaf scorch. Use a general fertilizer in the spring to help encourage new growth and prune back for shape or size before new growth begins in the spring.

Landscape design ideas

This robust shrub is an ideal option for a privacy hedge or screen or plant it along a pathway or near a window to take advantage of this sweet smelling shrub.

Botanical Name: Osmanthus fragrans

Common Name: Sweet Osmanthus

Average Landscape Size: 9-10' x 6-8'

Plant Type: Evergreen

Bloom Color: Orange

Foliage Color: Dark green

Forms: Shrub/ Bush

Special Features: Attracts Birds, Dramatic Color, Showy Spring Flowers, Hedging Plant,