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Osmanthus x burkwoodii

Common Name(s):

Phonetic Spelling
oz-MAN-thus berk-WOOD-ee-eye
Description

Burkwood Osmanthus is an evergreen shrub that is tall and compact and grows up to 6-10' in it. This plant blooms in spring and flowers are inconspicuous but are highly aromatic. This plant is often utilized as a hedge or as a specimen plant. This plant tolerate alkaline soils, pollution, shade, and drought. This plant is slow growing and does well in hardy zones 6-8. This plant is particularly resistant to damage by deer and has no serious pest and disease problems.

Form: haystack

Quick ID Hints:

  • Two types of leaves, serrulate and entire
  • Opposite leaves with lenticeled stem
  • Fragrant, inconspicuous flowers in spring
  • Evergreen shrub with decussate leaf arrangement
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Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#evergreen#white flowers#shade tolerant#spring flowers#deer resistant#spring interest
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
Tags:
#fragrant#white#evergreen#white flowers#shade tolerant#spring flowers#deer resistant#spring interest
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Osmanthus
    Family:
    Oleaceae
    Dimensions:
    Height: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 6 ft. 0 in. - 10 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Shrub
    Habit/Form:
    Dense
    Rounded
    Growth Rate:
    Slow
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Partial Shade (Direct sunlight only part of the day, 2-6 hours)
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Alkaline (>8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Occasionally Wet
    USDA Plant Hardiness Zone:
    6b, 6a, 7b, 7a, 8b, 8a
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Black
    Blue
    Purple/Lavender
    Fruit Type:
    Drupe
    Fruit Description:
    Fruits are an ovoid bluish purple-black to black drupe that are seldom seen in cultivation.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    White
    Flower Inflorescence:
    Cyme
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Fragrant
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Size:
    < 1 inch
    Flower Description:
    Flowers are white, 4-lobed, fragrant, less than an inch in size, and have 2 yellow stamens. Inflorescence is a short cyme in leaf axils.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Opposite
    Leaf Shape:
    Elliptical
    Oblong
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Entire
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are opposite, decussate, simple, ovate to oblong-elliptic, narrow acute, cuneate, and have serrulate marginal teeth (mature leaves tend to be entire). Leaves are dark green above and paler beneath. They are glabrous and 1-1.5" long.
  • Stem:
    Stem Color:
    Green
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
    Stem Lenticels:
    Conspicuous
    Stem Description:
    Twigs are squarish, green, and have numerous lenticels.
  • Landscape:
    Design Feature:
    Hedge
    Specimen
    Resistance To Challenges:
    Deer
    Drought
    Pollution