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Osmanthus Seeds - Evergreen Flowering Shrub
Osmanthus fragrans / Olea fragrans


*  Common Names = Osmanthus / Tea Olive / Sweet Olive / Fragrant Tea Olive / Sweet Olive / Gui Hua
*  Drought-tolerant and repels insects
*  Evergreen shrub keeps glossy green foliage all year long
*  Unripe fruits are preserved in brine, like olives
*  Apricot-scented flowers are used in tea, wine, soups and pastries
*  Used in herbal remedies - TCM herb known as Gui Hua
*  Bark is used as an anti-inflammatory for boils and carbuncles
*  Essential oils are made from flowers for hair & skin cosmetics
*  Can be container-bound to keep indoors


[ The dried flowers are also available in the shop, when stock is plentiful. ] 


Life Cycle:  Deciduous
Height:  15-20 ft  (unless container-bound indoors)
Max Width:  15 ft
USDA Zone:  7-11  (unless grown indoors)
Light:  Full Sun / Partial Sun
Harvest:  Flowers in 3 years

1.  Pour warm water over seeds and soak for 24 hours. Wrap seeds in a paper towel soaked with 1 part peroxide/5 parts water. Keep moist in ziplock bag and cold-stratify in fridge or cold-frame for 8 weeks.
2.  Sow 1/2" deep in pots with moistened seed-starting mix. Place in warm indirect sunlight and keep soil moist. Germination will occur in 6-8 weeks. 
3.  Resize into bigger pots as needed. Transplant established plants to their permanent location after last frost (or grow indoors in large containers). Protect young plants during the first few winters.

Osmanthus Seeds - Osmanthus fragrans

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