So named on account of the fragrance of its flowers. There are several species (one American), the Japanese being the most desirable.
Osmanthus aquifolium has handsome holly-like leaves, is evergreen and of good habit, bearing white flowers. Osmanthus fragrans has entire, elliptic-shaped leaves and bears yellow flowers.
Propagate by cuttings set in a cold frame in the early Fall. The Osmanthus is not particular as to soil, but prefers a warm situation and partial shade from noonday sun.