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)
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Category:

Shrubs

Height:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

Spacing:

6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

Hardiness:

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

Danger:

N/A

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Time:

Late Summer/Early Fall

Foliage:

Evergreen

Aromatic

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:

Non-patented

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

Regional

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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Gardeners' Notes:

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Positive

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

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

A wonderful perfume fills the air when in bloom.