Evergreen broad-leaved trees, up to 15 meters high, crown can cover 400 square meters, sweet scented osmanthus seedlings have obvious taproot, root developed deep. Radicle topaz, roots tan. Grafted seedlings roots due to rootstock vary; inserted bar is buried in the soil around easily adventitious roots, but no obvious taproot. Sweet scented osmanthus strong branches and branch point is low, especially in the juvenile is particularly evident, due to long are usually shrubby. Planting or after pruning, becomes apparent main force. Bark rough, grey robe colored or grey, sometimes showing lenticels. Glossy, leathery, adaxial abaxial complexion dark bright green, pale; elliptic, long elliptic, ovate, obovate, lanceolate, lanceolate to oblanceolate, long egg lanceolate.