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Osmanthus

The genus of garden plants called Osmanthus

Thirty species are included in the genus called Osmanthus, garden plants belonging to the Oleaceae family. These plants originate from the Asian continent and are characterized by their rounded shrub habit and dense evergreen foliage. The stems are compact and very branched, according to the different species, the leaves can be oval, leathery and with serrated or pointed edges. Dark green in color, in different varieties they have variegated cream-colored margins. The flowering period begins in the middle of summer, generally between July and August. The inflorescences are produced in abundance and are born in axillary clusters or at the end of the branches. The small tubular-shaped flowers are delicately scented and white in color. Subsequently,

Main cultivation techniques of Osmanthus plants


Osmanthus garden plants grow in all kinds of soil, even if they prefer sandy and acidic, well-drained soils. They do not fear the cold winter seasons and withstand temperatures well below zero but suffer from prolonged frost. They can grow in both sunny and partial shade locations. Starting from spring and throughout the summer, irrigations must be regular and abundant while they are reduced in autumn and winter. They can withstand short dry periods. To help and support the growth of Osmanthus specimens, starting from the spring season, it is advisable to sprinkle undecomposed manure or peat on the roots. Periodically, administer a complete organic fertilizer to be diluted in the watering water.

Propagation by cuttings of Osmanthus garden plants


The multiplication of Osmanthus garden plants takes place through the cutting technique. The apical tops must be taken, preferably in July, they must be woody and at least ten centimeters long. The oblique cut of the cuttings must be treated with rooting and pesticide powder, before being placed in boxes in a hot bed at a temperature of not less than twenty degrees. The soil is made up of sand and peat, mixed in equal parts. The rooting takes place within a couple of months, with the emission of new leaf buds. Subsequently, it is possible to transplant the small plants in more capacious containers, it is necessary to let a couple of years pass, before finally planting the garden plants of the Osmanthus species.

The different species of plants called Osmanthus


The species called Osmanthus fragrans is characterized by its round shape and by the oval-shaped foliage, with a pointed tip and serrated edges. The inflorescences appear on the ramifications in July and are cream-colored, very fragrant. Suitable for the formation of hedges and borders, are the garden plants called Osmanthus eterophylla. The posture is erect and the leaves are elliptical with a sharp tip. The flowers are small, white and fragrant, they open in autumn, in September. The compact and leathery foliage with reduced dimensions distinguishes the specimens of Osmanthus delavayi, slow-growing shrubs, the inflorescences are grouped and composed of small tubular flowers, white in color with intense and fragrant fragrances,

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