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*RETAIL - Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus 'Beni Kin Mokusei'

*RETAIL - Osmanthus fragrans var. aurantiacus 'Beni Kin Mokusei'

Shared with us by plantsman Ted Stephens of Nurseries Caroliniana new to him at the time in the never ending search for a "better-red" sweet olive. This stately shrub to small tree, a narrow pyramidal 10 to 12 feet; is indispensable in warmer gardens. Flowering abundantly in mid to late autumn with deep orange and yes, if you squint, nearly red flowers. The same wonderful fragrance of warm baking apricots will perfume the evening garden. Sun to dappled shade, even summer water with good drainage. keep out of freezing wind in colder areas. USDA zone 8, 7 if well hardened.

RED FLOWERING FRAGRANT TEA OLIVE

Oleaceae

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Planting Recommendations

Under most conditions, planting directly into the garden is best. Keep in mind, that in our care, plants have been protected from intense sunlight and drying winds and would therefore require sheltered transition time in order to acclimate to such conditions in your garden.

All plants going into containers (rather than in the ground) should be potted immediately in well-drained potting mix and watered well to ensure the soil is fully moistened with no air pockets. Succulent plants abide by different rules (**see below).

Plants held for later planting are best stored in a cool greenhouse or a well-lit garage or basement, rather than in your house where conditions are likely too warm and dry.

Those plants needing time to acclimate can be set out in pots and provided some shade and shelter for the first week to allow for a successful transition.

**For cacti and other succulents, we recommend using a soil mix of less than 30% organic matter, preferably a 2-1 blend of cactus/succulent potting soil and pumice, perlite or lava rock. These plants are sensitive to prolonged heavy moisture, especially in cool/winter conditions. Keep this in mind when watering them for the first time. It is better to leave them dry in lower temperatures.

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