Osmanthus Fragrans, Sweet Olive


Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 05-10-2013

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Osmanthus Fragrans, commonly known as Sweet Olive, is an evergreen shrub or small tree. Osmanthus Fragrans naturally grows up to 30 feet tall, but will remain in a smaller shrub size if grown in a container. This is one of the most amazing scented plants I grow. I enjoy it even more so than varieties of Privet or Lilac as Osmanthus Fragrans flowers last for months at a time, they are less allergenic and heavily blooms at a different time of the year than many of the plants I grow. The Osmanthus Fragrans flowers smell like a combination of perfectly ripe mouth watering peaches, apricots and vanilla. Just amazingly mouth watering and sweet.

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Ligustrum Japonicum, Japanese Privet


Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 16-06-2011

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Ligustrum Japonicum is an evergreen shrub with dark green leaves and amazing clusters of white honey-fragrant flowers in Spring. Ligustrum Japonicum grows about 10 feet tall and up to 6 feet wide. Also known as Privet, it is among the most popular varieties of Ligustrum and may also go by the name Texas Wax Leaf Privet. Ligustrum Japonicum is often used as a hedge. It’s hardiness and ability to grow tall and provide shade make it a flexible landscaping plant. The flowers remind me of Lilac, a stronger sweeter scent than Lilac typically carries. 


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Trachelospermum Jasminoides, Trachelospermum Asiaticum, Confederate Jasmine, Star Jasmine


Posted by John Minton | Posted in Plants | Posted on 31-01-2011

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Your common “Star Jasmine” might actually be the Trachelospermum Jasminoides “Jasmine” plant or Trachelospermum Asiaticum. The core differences between these two variants are that T. Jasminoides has larger leaves and flowers more than the T. Asiaticum. The T. Asiaticum variety also has a yellow color around the hole in the center of the star shaped flower.

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