Osmanthus delavayi Oleaceae
Delavay Osmanthus, Delavay Tea Olive oz-MAN-thus del-AV-a-i
- Broadleaf evergreen shrub, 6-8 ft (1.8-2.4 m) tall, greater width, twiggy growth, well covered by foliage, neat, with graceful arching branches. Leaves opposite, simple, ovate, small, 12-15 mm long, oval, finely toothed, glossy dark green. Flowers white, numerous, small, ca. 12 x 12 mm, 4 reflexed lobes, fragrant. Blue-black fruit, 12 mm long.
- Sun or shade, well-drained soil.
- Hardy to USDA Zone 7 Native to western and southwestern China. Introduced in France in 1890 by Abbe Delavay.
- Osmanthus: from Greek osme, fragrance, and anthos, flowers. delavayi: after Abbè Jean Marie Delavay (1838-95), French missionary in China who introduced it to France in 1890.
- Oregon State Univ. campus: south (west) Milam.