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Osmanthus fragrans 'Conger Yellow' (Fragrant Olive)

Fragrant Olive 'Conger Yellow', Fragrant Tea Olive 'Conger Yellow', Kwei 'Conger Yellow', Sweet Olive 'Conger Yellow', Sweet Tea 'Conger Yellow', Tea Olive 'Conger Yellow'


Osmanthus fragrans 'Conger Yellow' (Fragrant Olive) is a medium-sized evergreen shrub or small tree of upright oval to columnar habit, prized for the powerful apricot fragrance of its flowers. Blooming profusely in spring and early summer, they continue sporadically throughout the rest of the year. The dainty clusters of tiny, butter-yellow flowers cover this densely branched shrub. The evergreen foliage of oval, leathery leaves retains its lustrous dark green color year-round. Its fruit is also an excellent food source for a variety of birds. Bark, when exposed, is smooth, gray-brown, and attractive. The dense growth habit and lush evergreen foliage make Fragrant Olive an excellent choice for hedges, screens and specimen plants. Slow growing and easy in cultivation, Osmanthus makes a good container plant too.

  • Grows up to 10-15 ft. tall and wide (300-450 cm). Clip off growing tips to maintain compact size and to encourage bushiness
  • A full sun to part shade lover, this plant is easily grown in average, moist, well-drained soils. Appreciates afternoon shade in hot summer climates. Tolerates heavy clays. Drought tolerant once established.
  • May be trained as a small tree, shrub, hedge or espalier. Can be grown in containers.
  • Generally pest and disease free. Keep an eye out for scale and aphids.
  • Native to the Himalayas, Japan, China.

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Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 8 – 12
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Osmanthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spacing 120" – 144" (300cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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While every effort has been made to describe these plants accurately, please keep in mind that height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates. The description of these plants has been written based on numerous outside resources.


Requirements

Hardiness 8 – 11
Heat Zones 8 – 12
Climate Zones 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, H1
Plant Type Shrubs, Trees
Plant Family Osmanthus
Exposure Full Sun, Partial Sun
Season of Interest Spring (Early,Mid,Late)
Summer (Early,Mid,Late)
Fall
Winter
Height 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spread 10' – 15' (3m – 4.5m)
Spacing 120" – 144" (300cm – 360cm)
Water Needs Average
Maintenance Average
Soil Type Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil pH Acid, Alkaline, Neutral
Soil Drainage Moist but Well-Drained, Well-Drained
Characteristics Fragrant, Showy, Evergreen
Tolerance Clay Soil, Drought
Garden Uses Beds and Borders, Hedges and Screens, Patio and Containers
Garden Styles Informal and Cottage, Mediterranean Garden

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