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botanical name:
Osmanthus yunnanensis
Osmanthus yunnanensis © Deeproot Plant Base
common name:  Yunnan Tea Olive, Sweet Olives
synonyms:  Osmanthus forrestii, Osmanthus bambusifolius, Osmanthus brevipetiolatus
family:  Oleaceae
characteristics: shrub, evergreen, scented/aromatic
height: 6.00m
width: 4.00m
growth rate: medium
growth habit: bushy
leaf colour: green
flower colour: white
fruit colour: black
main season: Spring
edible symbol edible
aspect: full sun, part shade
conditions: moist soil
preferred soil pH: any
minimum temp: -10°C
USDA zone: 8 to 10
Attractive large evergreen shrub or in time a small shapely tree, with large opposite olive green leaves up to 15cm long, sometimes with toothed edges. Clusters of small, sweetly scented ivory-white flowers in late winter or early spring. Ovoid purple-black berries follow.

Any well drained soil in sun or shade and a sheltered position.

Elegant evergreen for large borders and woodland, but appears to be very under-used.

The flowers can be used to flavour tea, in a similar way to Jasmine tea and popular in China..

other notes:
From Yunnan, China. Quite rare in cultivation.
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