Osmanthus megacarpus

scrub wild olive


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  


Use this link to get more info about this plant from the USF Institute for Systematic Botany

Plant Specifics

Form: tree
Life Span: long-lived perennial
Size: Height: 15-20 (30) ft    Width: 10 ft
Flower Color: flower color      white
Fruit Color: fruit color      black
Phenology: evergreen
Noted for: Showy flowers, aroma, fragrance, interesting foliage


Recommended Uses: Screen plant esp. for sunny, dry sites. Specimen plant where its shiny foliage will be appreciated.
Considerations: Slow growing.
Propagation: Seed.
Availability: Seed
Light: light requirement  
Moisture Tolerance:
Salt Tolerance: Not salt tolerant
Soil or other substrate: Sand
Soil pH Range: Acidic


wildlife plant   wildlife plant  
Birds eat fruit.
Native Habitats: Dry sites. Scrub, scrubby sandhill.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida

USDA Zones:

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures

Suitable to grow in:


Fruit is edible.

Other Comments:

This is a rare species. Please do not transplant from the wild unless in eminent danger of destruction. A permit may be required. Fragrant.