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Osmanthus

Easy to grow, Osmanthus are evergreen shrubs or small trees with handsome leathery leaves, either prickly like hollies, or finely serrated. Most enjoy deep green leaves, but some cultivars are splashed with other colors, creating an eye-catching display. In spring or fall, dainty clusters of tiny fragrant flowers charm the entire garden with their floral scent. The dense growth habit and lush foliage make them perfect for hedges, screens, or foundation plantings. Rarely browsed by deer, they tolerate a wide range of soils, including heavy clay.


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Osmanthus fragrans 'Conger Yellow' (Fragrant Olive)

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.

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Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus (Fragrant Olive)

Quite hardy, Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus (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 the fall, the dainty clusters of bright tangerine flowers cover this densely branched shrub.

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Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' (Holly Osmanthus)

Slow-growing and compact, Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Goshiki' (Holly Osmanthus) is a bushy evergreen shrub prized for its variegated and colorful holly-like foliage. Goshiki means 5 colors in Japanese. Emerging pink, the leathery leaves unfold as creamy, white, gold and bronze variegated, dark green spiny leaves.

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Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' (Holly Osmanthus)

Slow-growing, Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Variegatus' (Holly Osmanthus) is a bushy evergreen shrub prized for its strikingly variegated holly-like foliage. The spiny, ovate, dark green leaves are boldly edged with creamy-white, creating a luminous and eye-catching display.

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Osmanthus heterophyllus (Holly Osmanthus)

Osmanthus heterophyllus (Holly Osmanthus) is a bushy evergreen shrub prized for its foliage of leathery, glossy, deep green leaves. The leaves vary in shape: they are holly-like with spiny margins when juvenile (resembling English Holly) and simple, elliptic or ovate when adult.

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