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Japan and Taiwan
Osmanthus heterophylla is actually related to olives, and like olive trees, produces ultra fragrant flowers when mature. The species epithet 'heterophylla' refers to how the leaf margins change from jagged when the plant is juvenile to smooth when mature. It is thought that the jagged leaves are closer to the ground to deter herbivores from eating it. It is an ancient and famous plant in Japan — being mentioned in the Kojiki, the oldest historical record in Japan. According to the University of California, they are believed to be safe for pets.
Deck the halls with plants-a-plenty.