Osmanthus aquifolium - sweet olive, tea olive Osmanthus aquifolium - sweet olive, tea olive
Osmanthus is a genus of about 15-20, while only a few ones are hardy enough to grow down to zone 6. Those are often mistaken for hollies owing to their foliage appearance. Osmanthus is native to Japan and China, some species originate in the south of USA …
Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive Osmanthus armatus - sweet olive
Osmanthus armatus means “armed” sweet olive. Quite a funny name for a plant, don’t you think? It obviously refers to the shape of its leaves which are toothed at the margins but not prickly and I would definitely not say dangerous. They might cause a ladder but cannot bite a …
Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Tricolor' - holly osmanthus Osmanthus heterophyllus 'Tricolor' - holly osmanthus
If you like the features of hollies such as toothed leaves, dense habit, and the fact that they are in leaf all year, you will love this plant: sometimes called false holly, osmanthus has rather dentate leaves than spiny, although touching it is not the best plan for Sunday afternoon …