Osmanthus is an unassuming evergreen shrub that doesn't have big flashy flowers or variegated leaves.
This is a shrub that patiently sits in the background minding its own business. It usually goes unnoticed, even when its tiny cream buds open in the fall to release an intense fragrance. Since the flowers are so small its hard to identify the source of this mysterious aroma.
Osmanthus is often called sweet olive because it is part of the olive family. It usually blooms in the fall, but in our mild climate a hint of the fragrance can be detected throughout the year. Autumn, however, is the season when this plant is most fabulous.
The sweet fruity floral apricot aroma fills the air and gets swept up in the fall breezes. Come to the garden to test your sniffer and maybe you'll be able to hunt down this undercover garden thriller!