The unusual, peculiar sweet aroma in which the unusual combination of notes of Jasmine and peach is felt, will force visitors of your garden to look around and look for the fragrant source.
Osmanthus is loved in China, where it is a symbol of the city of Hangzhou, where a lot of these trees are grown. In Chinese, its name means fragrant flower. Flowers Osmanthus the Chinese use to flavour expensive teas and for cooking special wine GuiHuaChenJiuс floral aroma of dried fruits. It goes well with fruit desserts. Europeans often call osmanthus fragrant olive, as it actually is related to Olea europaea, and they both belong to the same family — Oleaceae.
Osmanthus xfortunei is a hybrid between O. heterophyllus and O. fragransx, which is a evergreen tree up to 4 m. Leaves leathery, shiny, dark green, with spiny margins, up to 10 cm long Flowers white, tubular, fragrant, with a diameter of 1 cm, collected in small florets hidden in the leaves; bloom in late summer, fall. Bears fruit rarely. Withstands temperature drop to -5°C.
Osmanthus fragrans-evergreen shrub or small tree up to 3 m.the leaves are oblong, finely toothed,dark green, 10-12 cm long Flowers are small, white, strongly fragrant in small inflorescences-umbrellas; bloom in autumn, sometimes in spring and summer. Homeland: Himalayas, China, South Japan. Withstands temperature drop to 0°C.
Osmanthus are thermophilic. They prefer a slightly shaded location. For better development and flowering require fertile, loamy, moist enough, well-drained soils.In culture, durable, grow slowly. Propagated by seeds, cuttings, layering and grafting.