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Osmanthus delavayi


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Key information

Plant type

Evergreen shrub

Flower colour



Scented flowers



Skill level


photo by Neil Holmes, copyright GAP Photos (18528)

Plant details

This is a rounded, fragrant, evergreen shrub from Western China. The arching branches have small, glossy dark green leaves. Profuse clusters of sweetly-scented, pure white flowers appear in mid-to late spring. It fits well in a shrub border or woodland garden and is excellent for creating informal hedging. Trim hedges after flowering. You can also train osmanthus against a wall and the flowers will give off a knock-out scent each time you pass it in spring.

Family: Oleaceae

Genus: Osmanthus

Species: delavayi

Plant type: Evergreen shrub

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Dark green

Feature: Scented flowers

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 400cm

Spread: 400cm

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It would be really useful to know how hardy the plants are, can I grow these in north of scotland, for instance, what soil etc - more information needed please

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