Osmanthus fragans – Oleaceae (Himalayas, China, Japan)
Habit: Shrub or small tree, up to 6 m tall and wide, strong-growing.
Flowers: White, tube-shaped, inconspicuous, scent of apricots, single or in groups in the axils, autumn, sometimes spring and summer.
Fruit: Blue-black, ovoid berries, up to 1 cm long.
Leaves: Evergreen, elongated to elongated-lanceolate, leathery, entire or finely serrated, dark green, shiny, up to 12 cm long.
Demands: Full sun or semi-shade, sheltered areas, not sufficiently frost hardy, cold house, tolerates hard cutting.
Natural habitat: Dry to moist, moderately acidic to slightly alkaline, adaptive, any well drained, sandy-loamy soil, withering on heavy soil.
Hardiness: Zone 8b