avoid invasive plants Shrub Honeysuckle Alternative: Sweet Olive (Osmanthus fragrans)
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Shrub Honeysuckle Alternative: Sweet Olive

(Osmanthus fragrans)

Why it's a standout: In warm climates, sweet olive's tiny white to orange flowers perfume the air from fall through winter. To make the most of its fragrance, grow this drought-tolerant evergreen near a pathway or an entrance. Sweet olive can reach 8 to 15 feet tall and wide, but it's typically pruned shorter or trained as a tree.
What it needs: Full sun to partial shade; average to moist, well-drained soil
Zones: 8 to 11

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