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Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus 'Apricot Echo'

Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus 'Apricot Echo'
sweet olive
Osmanthus fragrans f. aurantiacus 'Apricot Echo'
Regrowth after the Texas megafreeze

Common name sweet olive
Family oleaceae
Life cycle shrub (Z7b-9)
Flowers soft orange (fall-winter)
Size 12'
Light sun-part shade
Cultural notes moist, well-drained soil

Broadleaf evergreen shrub that produces clusters of fragrant flowers (reportedly apricot-scented). New growth comes in in dark burgundy. This cultivar is supposed to be repeat-flowering with orange blooms. Prefers moist soil but drought-tolerant when established. Although it would prefer afternoon shade in our hot climate, such places are rare in our garden so ours is in full sun as part of the shrub border along our left fence. It started blooming, a bit sparsely on its small frame, in mid-February. The following year, it was rudely subjected to Texas' megafreeze in mid-February, which set it back quite a bit – as shown in the picture at right, it sent out just three leaves three weeks later. I hope it finds its stride this year...

In our garden, this plant grows in the following area: left fence border

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