Herb latin name: Osmanthus americana

Synonyms: Olea americana

Family: Oleaceae (Olive Family)

Edible parts of Osmanthus americana:

Fruit. This needs further verification.

Description of the plant:


15 m
(49 feet)


Habitat of the herb:

Rich woods, swamps and bluffs.

Other uses of Osmanthus americana:

Wood - heavy, very hard, strong, durable, difficult to work.

Propagation of the herb:

Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a coldframe. Stored seed probably germinates best if it is given 3 months warm then 3 months cold stratification before sowing. The seed usually takes 6 - 18 months to germinate, it should be pricked out into individual pots when it is large enough to handle. Grow the plants on for their first winter in the greenhouse and plant them out in early summer. Cuttings of half-ripe wood taken at the end of July, in a frame with bottom heat. Cuttings of almost ripe wood, 7 - 12cm with a heel, September/October in a cold frame. A good percentage. Plant out in the spring 18 months later. Layering in spring or autumn. Partially sever the layer leads in the following late summer and plant out in the autumn. High percentage.

Cultivation of Osmanthus americana:

Rich woods, swamps and bluffs.

Medicinal use of the herb:

None known

Known hazards of Osmanthus americana:

None known

Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.