Osmanthus fragans
sweet olive

Oleaceae
China, Japan

Shrub, upright and dense, which can also form a small tree, but is always seen trimmed on campus as a foundation planting. Leaves are simple, opposite, smooth or finely toothed, glossy, medium green to 4 inches long. Small, delicately fragrant white flowers begins to bloom in winter. Some people don’t notice the fragrance.

Enjoy along the north side of the Bing Wing of Green Library, GSB north side, Stauffer Chemistry Bldg., Bldg. 530 courtyard off of Dueña, and Escondido Village studios 1, 2, 5.

Related material: Stanford Grounds Plant Information Sheet. List No.10, page 13.

About this Entry: John Rawlings authored the main text of this entry ca. 2005.