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Just about every garden in my neighborhood has one of these trees in bloom right now.

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The world’s most expensive perfume is produced from the sweet smelling delicate flowers of the Osmanthus. Called Sweet olive/Fragrant Olive or kinmokusei in Japanese. Scientific name:  Oleaceae fragrans var. aurantiacus.  The flowers smell great and are a golden colour. However, there’s a lighter yellow or whiter version called gin-mokusei.

More info at this Japan Times article 

 

Posted on Oct 25, 2005

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