OSMANTHUS – Scented Sweet Olive 🌼 – 31st May 2021

Another frosty week here in Southland – winter has definitely arrived!

Looking pretty in the frosts this week is the Osmanthus fragrans – or Sweet False Olive. With its large glossy green leaves and delicate yet beautifully perfumed flowers, this tree can be smelt from a distance!

With dense, bushy habit, and deep green foliage it makes a tidy hedge or screen. Hardy, evergreen, grows to 3m+.

OSMANTHUS fragrans – Sweet False Olive, 35lt container, at 1.5m+ (measured from top of container)

also available in 12lt container, at 0.8-1m

OSMANTHUS heterophyllus 'Purpurea' 80lt - March


OSMANTHUS heterophyllus ‘Purpurea’- Purple Sweet Olive, 80lt container, at 2m (measured from top of container)

also available in 35lt container, 1.5m+ now

Also known as purple false holly. An attractive small tree with leathery, spined, holly-like leaves, dark purple when young, and small, fragrant white flowers in autumn. Dense busy habit making it suited for hedging or screening. Hardy, evergreen, grows to 3 x 3m


OSMANTHUS heterophyllus 'Purpurea' 80lt (foliage)- March

Fresh purple new growth, as shown in summer