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Osmanthus americanus

Common Name(s):
Devilwood, Wild olive
Categories:
Native Plants, Shrubs, Trees
Comment:

 Native to the southeastern US this shrub or small tree is often multitrunked with very strong wood.  It has an open loose habit and is drought tolerant once established. Small scented flowers appear in late spring and the fruit that follows attracts birds;.  Particularly resistant to damage by deer.

Height:
15-25 ft.
Foliage:
Opposite, simple, leathery, dark olive green leaves; 2-5 in. long; yellow-green winter color in sun; spineless
Flower:
Panicle of creamy white flowers in early spring; fragrant; 0.5 dark blue-purple fruit in fall on female plants
Zones:
6-9
Habit:
Evergreen
Site:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil conditions
Texture:
Medium
Form:
Often multitrunked; open, loose habit
Exposure:
Sun to partial shade; range of soil conditions
Fruit:
Creamy white flowers in early spring; fragrant; dark blue fruit
Leaf:
2 to 4.5 in. opposite, simple dark green leaves
Tags:
birds, fragrant, wildlife, deer resistant, evergreen

NCCES plant id: 513

Osmanthus americanus Osmanthus americanus
Homer Edward Price, CC BY - 2.0
Osmanthus americanus var. megacarpus Osmanthus americanus var. megacarpus
Scott Zona, CC BY-NC-2.0
Osmanthus americanus Osmanthus americanus
Katja Schultz, CC BY - 2.0