January 26, 2023
Osmanthus delavayi

Osmanthus delavayi

Osmanthus delavayi is an evergreen, medium-sized shrub. It is slow-growing and part of the Oleaceae family of plants. This is the olive family of plants. They also call it Delavay osmanthus. Osmanthus delavayi is native to Southwest China. It was discovered by Père Jean-Marie Delavay. He was a French missionary and botanist in China and send the first set of seeds to France.

Osmanthus delavayi can grow up to 6m or 20ft tall. The foliage is rounded or ovate and dark green. The flowers are white and fragrant and they grow in clusters. Osmanthus delavayi flowers in spring and bluish-black berries follow the flowers in autumn.

Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus delavayi at Kew Gardens, London, UK

How to grow Osmanthus delavayi:

Grow Osmanthus delavayi in the sun or partial shade. Plant it in well-drained soil. Propagate Osmanthus delavayi by seed or semi-hardwood cuttings. Osmanthus delavayi is generally disease-free and pest-free. Prune any dead or diseased branches otherwise it does not require pruning.

Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus delavayi
Osmanthus delavayi

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