Osmanthus: A Beautiful Scented Flowering

osmanthus and osmanthus

The osmanthus flowers and offers a sweet scent of jasmine from the beginning of spring.

Here are the gestures that will participate in the beauty of your osmanthus.

In summary, what you need to know:

Name: Osmanthus
Family: Oleaceae
Type: Shrub

Height: 3 to 4 m
Exposure
: Sunny and half-shade
Ground: Rich enough

Foliage: Persistent
Flowering: March April

Plantation of osmanthus:

It is better to plant the osmanthusin autumn to promote the rooting of your osmanthus during the winter.

But like most shrubs bought in containers, you can plant it throughout the year if you increase the watering if you decide to plant in the spring or during the summer (avoid periods of high heat)

In hedgedistance each foot of osmanthus by about 2 m.

  • The osmanthus likes the sun and tolerates the half shade
  • This shrub tolerates all types of soils
  • It fears the fresh winds in flowering period, so shelter the prevailing winds
  • Follow our planting tips.

Multiply the osmanthus:

The cuttings of this shrub is the fastest way to multiply it. Do not hesitate to multiply your osmanthus in summer!

Size and maintenance of osmanthus:

The size of the osmanthus is not essential but it still allows to keep a compact port and dense foliage throughout the year.

  • Prune preferably in late winter but before the appearance of the first buds.
  • It is also pruned after flowering so as not to affect the appearance of flowers in the spring.
  • We can also prune after flowering
  • Remove dead or fragile branches as and when

The osmanthus dreads cold weather and stagnant humidity, so it will be necessary to protect it

To know about osmanthus:

The osmanthus is not the most used shrub but has many advantages that others do not have.

Its beautiful green foliage, plain or variegated depending on the variety, is dense and is ideal for the constitution of hedges not too high and flowery.

Its flowers, white and deliciously scented, recall the smell of jasmine. In China, one uses besides its flower for perfume green tea.

The osmanthus is also called false-holly because of its leathery leaves which, although not serrated, recall those of holly.

Finally, know that if you want to cultivate theosmanthus in pot, nothing should stop you because this shrub tolerates perfectly a crop in pot.

  • Prefer Osmanthus x burkwoodii for pot or tray cultivation

From species and varieties of osmanthes the most interesting we find:

  • Osmanthus x burkwoodii
  • Osmanthus delavayi
  • Osmanthus fragrans
  • Osmanthus heterophyllus

Common diseases and parasites in osmanthus:

The osmanthus is very resistant to most diseases present in the garden.

You can still be subject to mealybugs invasions but this is not very common.

  • Mealybugs: Fight and organic treatment

Smart advice about osmanthus:

To have beautiful flowers, sponge in autumn a bag of potting soil mixed with a fertilizer for flowers at the foot of the tree.

You can also use the ashes your fireplace throughout the winter, this will improve flowering in the spring.

To read also on the shrubs:

  • Flowering shrub ideas for a hedge
  • The hedge, the best bulwark against diseases
  • Summer blooming shrubs

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