Herb latin name: Osmanthus decorus
Synonyms: Phillyrea decora, Phillyrea laurifolia, Phillyrea vilmoriniana
Family: Oleaceae (Olive Family)
Description of the plant:
(9 3/4 foot)
Habitat of Osmanthus decorus:Mixed deciduous or mixed Fagus - Picea forests and the sides of gorges, 1000 - 1600 metres in Turkey.
Other uses of the herb:Can be grown as a tall hedge, it is quite amenable to trimming.
Propagation of Osmanthus decorus:Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in a cold frame. 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 the herb:Mixed deciduous or mixed Fagus - Picea forests and the sides of gorges, 1000 - 1600 metres in Turkey.
Medicinal use of Osmanthus decorus:None known
Known hazards of Osmanthus decorus:None known
Plant information taken from the Plants For A Future.