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PlantFiles: Delavay Osmanthus, Delavay Tea Olive
Osmanthus delavayi

Family: Oleaceae (oh-lee-AY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Osmanthus (os-MAN-thus) (Info)
Species: delavayi (del-uh-VAY-ee) (Info)

2 vendors have this plant for sale.

3 members have or want this plant for trade.


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)
8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)
USDA Zone 9b: to -3.8 C (25 F)

Sun Exposure:
Sun to Partial Shade


Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Late Summer/Early Fall


Other details:
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)
6.6 to 7.5 (neutral)

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From hardwood cuttings
By air layering

Seed Collecting:
Allow seedheads to dry on plants; remove and collect seeds
Seed does not store well; sow as soon as possible

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2 positives
No neutrals
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive FT On Dec 5, 2009, FT from Tigard, OR (Zone 8a) wrote:

This plant slowly grows to about 5to 6' tall and about that round. It is covered with little white very fragrant trumpets in the spring. I think that is smells a bit like Baby Powder.. It can be kept quite easily to about 4'.

Positive Gardening_Jim On Dec 10, 2008, Gardening_Jim from Vancouver, WA wrote:

A wonderful perfume fills the air when in bloom.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Napa, California
San Francisco, California
Santa Rosa, California
Merritt Island, Florida
Atlanta, Georgia
Durham, North Carolina
Raleigh, North Carolina
Durham, Oregon
Sherwood, Oregon
Tenino, Washington
Vancouver, Washington

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