Sep 27th, 2014


osmanthus or sweet olive-- Osmanthus x fortunei ‘Fruitlandii’

Osmanthus blooms attract pollinators with their fragrance too! Pictured Osmanthus x fortunei ‘Fruitlandii’


It’s hard to believe such a small, delicate flower can have such a heavenly fragrance. You’ll find several kinds Osmanthus at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden. Look for a stand of four arching Osmanthus heterophyllus  and several speciman of Osmanthus fragrans in the Asian Valley. The easiest Osmanthus to find is a large hedge of Osmanthus x fortunei ‘Fruitlandii’ just across the Lotus Bridge between Bloemendaal House and the Children’s Garden, or you can just follow your nose!

Jonah Holland is Digital Content Manager at Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, where she has worked for 14 years overseeing social media, the blog, and the website. She is also a mom, yogi, open water swimmer, gardener, and seeker. She's been known to go for a walk in the Garden and come back with hundreds of plant photos, completely inspired to write her next blog post.

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