Osmanthus fragrans

Tea Olive

Common name(s): Sweet Olive, Fragrant Olive, Tea Olive

Scientific name: Osmanthus fragrans

Plant family: OLEACEAE

Origin: Native to Asia, particularly China and Japan

Description: is an evergreen shrub or small tree known for its highly fragrant flowers. The leaves are leathery, opposite, and lance-shaped, with a glossy green appearance. In fall, the plant produces clusters of tiny, white, or orange flowers that exude a sweet and apricot-like fragrance, filling the surrounding area with a pleasant scent.

Growing Conditions: thrives in well-draining soil and prefers full to partial sunlight. It is adaptable to various soil types and can tolerate moderate drought once established. This plant is popular in gardens and landscapes for its aromatic blooms and is often used as a hedge or specimen plant.

Wildlife: The fragrant flowers  attract pollinators, such as bees and butterflies, contributing to the local ecosystem’s biodiversity. While not a significant source of food, the plant’s structure provides shelter for small insects and birds.

Relation to Nehrling Gardens:

Location in Gardens: D5

Additional Information: is prized for its sweet-scented flowers, and its fragrance is often used in perfumery. In Asian cultures, the flowers are sometimes used to flavor tea and desserts. The plant holds cultural significance and is associated with festivals and traditions in China. Its adaptability, ornamental value, and delightful fragrance make it a popular choice in gardens and public spaces around the world.