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Holly Olive

Osmanthus spp.

Also known as

Sweet Olive, Devilwood, Chinese Holly

Osmanthus heterophyllus0 by [1] (CC-BY-SA-3.0)

Full Sun


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This plant has a mild fragrance

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Holly Olive Overview

Osmanthus is a genus of around 30 species of evergreen shrubs and small trees in the Oleaceae family with a cosmopolitan distribution from the Himalayas, through parts of Asia, Europe, Southeast Asia and isolated islands of the Pacific and North and Central America. They have glossy, leathery opposite leaves and sprays of small, tubular, usually fragrant flowers and dark oval fruits. Some species are popular in cultivation; they are often grown as park landscaping plants and in gardens, where they do best in a woodland setting. These plants are commonly known as Holly Olive, Sweet Olive, Devilwood and Chinese Holly, amongst others.

How to propagate Holly Olive


You can propagate from seeds or cuttings.




Other uses of Holly Olive

Grown for their foliage and small, fragrant flowers. Suitable for coastal conditions.

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