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(Osmanthus americana)

Common Name Latin Name Plant Family
Osmanthus americana
Oleaceae

Wood – heavy, very hard, strong, durable, difficult to work[46, 61].

  • Medicinal Use

    None known

  • Edible Use

    Fruit[2, 177]. This needs further verification[K].

  • Cautionary Notes

    None known

Cultivation & Habitat

Seed – best sown as soon as it is ripe in a coldframe[200]. Stored seed probably germinates best if it is given 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification before sowing[113]. The seed usually takes 6 – 18 months to germinate, it should be pricked out into individual pots when it is large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in the greenhouse and plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood taken at the end of July, in a frame with bottom heat[11]. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, 7 – 12cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. A good percentage. Plant out in the spring 18 months later[78]. Layering in spring[200] or autumn[78]. Partially sever the layer leads in the following late summer and plant out in the autumn. High percentage[78].
We have very little information on this species and do not know if it will be hardy outdoors in Britain, though judging by its native range it is likely to be succeed outdoors at least in the milder areas of the country. The following notes are based on the general needs of the genus. Prefers a good loamy soil[1], but succeeds in most soils in sun or part shade[11, 184]. Plants are very tolerant of being transplanted, moving well even when quite large[182]. The flowers are deliciously scented[182]. If plants are clipped after flowering they will flower more freely each year[200].
Eastern N. America – Florida to Louisiana, north to Virginia.

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